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Virginia Conservation Association meeting

From: Mark Lewis <mlewis<-at->
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Virginia Conservation Association Members' Meeting
January 19, 2012

Please join us for the next Virginia Conservation Association
Members' Meeting at Bruton Heights School on January 19, 2012. The
program will feature Susan L. Buck, Ph.D., conservator specializing
in the analysis and conservation of painted surfaces on wooden
objects and architectural materials. Susan will talk about her
ongoing participation in several conservation projects in China. Her
work began in 2005 as a consultant to the World Monuments Fund (WMF)
for their project in Emperor Qianlong's Garden in the Forbidden City
in Beijing.

For the first phase of the project she was responsible for analyzing
and helping to work out treatment approaches for the painted, gilded
and lacquered finishes on the interior of the 1771-76 "Emperor's
Studio of Exhaustion from Diligent Service", which contains a
remarkably intact private theatre. This work was a collaboration
between American conservators, and conservators and scientists at
The Palace Museum (the museum of The Forbidden City). She continues
to be part of the WMF team studying and planning for the
conservation of the balance of 28 unrestored buildings in the
intimate Qianlong Garden quarter.

She will also discuss a 2010 collaborative project between the
Tsinghua University Historic Architecture Department and the
Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation
(WUDPAC). This project involved documenting the condition of the
12th-century murals in the Fengguo Temple in northeast China. The
students used Metigo Maps software, which proved to be a powerful
and efficient recording tool. All of this work has resulted in
important discoveries about the composition and use of traditional
Chinese decorative materials. It has also generated a continuing and
lively discussion with Chinese colleagues about conserving and
displaying aged, degraded coatings versus reproduction of these
coatings following traditional Chinese craft practices.

Mark Lewis
Chrysler Museum
245 W. Olney Rd
Norfolk, VA. 23510

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