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Conference on multidisciplinary conservation in historic house museums

From: Kate Seymour <k.seymour<-at->
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2012

"The Artifact, its Context, and their Narrative:
Multidisciplinary conservation in Historic House Museums"

A Joint Conference of ICOM-DEMHIST and three ICOM-CC Working Groups
    Sculpture, Polychromy and Architectural Decoration
    Wood, Furniture, and Lacquer

Los Angeles, California, USA
November 6-9, 2012

ICOM-DEMHIST, the international committee for historic house
museums, and three ICOM-CC working groups Sculpture, Polychromy, and
Architectural Decoration; Textiles; and Wood, Furniture, and
Lacquer, are presenting a conference from November 6-9, 2012 in Los
Angeles. This four day conference will be co-hosted by the Getty
Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, the University
of Southern California School of Architecture/Heritage Conservation
Programs, and The Gamble House


The theme of the conference will focus on managing the inevitable
deterioration of structure and materials in historic house museums,
while balancing the need for public access with current standards of
practice in conservation. Historic houses remain in constant use
throughout their lifespan and their interiors consist of diverse
materials often altering dramatically due to change imposed by
society, their environment and function. The proper care for
historic houses and their interiors draws from many conservation
specializations as well as from many other fields. Therefore it is
essential to approach each project in a holistic manner using a
multidisciplinary collaborative approach involving all stakeholders.

Papers selected for the upcoming symposium focus on the following
key issues:

    "The House Museum as a Significant Historic Artifact": How to
    balance public access with current standards of practice in

    "The Artifact Within Its Context": The historic house museum as
    the setting for the presentation of a collection; meeting the
    conservation needs of individual objects in the context of an
    integrated collection and its setting.

    "Conservation and the "Narrative" of the Historic House": How
    the conservation process and its discoveries can play a role in
    engaging and educating the public, both in the narrative
    presented on public tours and by demonstration of conservation
    techniques to the public.

A complete list of all of the papers and their authors is available
on the conference website ( The Artifact, its Context, and their

The language of the symposium and proceedings will be English.
Spanish language translation will be available at the Getty Center
for the paper presentations.


The conference will feature both the presentation of papers and the
opportunity to go behind the scenes at a unique variety of local
historic house museums, from Pasadena to Malibu.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012

    Opening plenary and paper presentations at the Getty Center
    Evening welcome reception at the Getty Center

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

    Tour Day 1 will include visits to:

        Gamble House
        Fenyes Mansion (now the Pasadena Museum of History)

        Huntington Mansion (now the Huntington Art Gallery)

        Japanese House at The Huntington Library, Art Collections,
        and Botanical Gardens

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

    Paper presentations at the Getty Center

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

    Tour Day 2 will offer a choice of visits:

        Option A: Eames House/Case Study House 8; Adamson House; The
        Getty Villa and Conservation laboratories

        Option B: Will Rogers Ranch (Will Rogers State Historic
        Park); Villa Aurora; The Getty Villa and Conservation

    Closing reception at the Marion Davies Guest House (now the
    Annenberg Community Beach Club)

Please visit the website for a more detailed conference schedule
including a list of speakers and papers to be presented


Registration fees: Conference registration will be limited to
120--register early to avoid disappointment. Full event registration
will include conference materials, tours (site admission,
transportation, and lunch), and the opening and closing receptions.
Lunch will be on your own for the two days at the Getty Center.
Special thanks to ICOM for helping to defray the translation

Four Day Registration__

    Invited Speakers, DEMHIST, or ICOM-CC-members:
        early bird $ 300; after Sept 15 $ 400

        early bird $400; after Sept 15 $450

    Students: early bird $150; after Sept 15 $200

    Single Day Registration

    Invited Speakers, DEMHIST, or ICOM-CC-members:
        early bird $100; after Sept 15 $125

        early bird $150; after Sept 15 $200

        early bird $50; after Sept 15 $60

We encourage you to join ICOM to qualify for the lower members'
registration fee and select ICOM-DEMHIST or ICOM-CC as your
international committee affiliation. For general information on ICOM
membership see


Accommodations: We urge conference attendees arrange to stay in the
recommended hotels in Westwood. Due to major construction on the 405
Freeway, access to the conference location at the Getty Center can
be challenging and unpredictable. The Getty Center has graciously
agreed to provide shuttle transportation for conference attendees
from the Palomar Hotel, which is within walking distance of Hilgard
House. Limited public transportation is available but is subject to
change and delay by the freeway closures.

Westwood, which is home to the University of California, Los
Angeles, has many restaurants and cafes within walking distance of
the hotels, providing alternatives that are less expensive than
hotel dining. Conference rate rooms are available at:

    Hotel Palomar:
    $179/night + tax

    Hilgard House
    $154/single or $159/double + tax

Shuttle busses will transport attendees from these hotels to the
Getty Center and to the tour locations. Guests who choose to stay at
alternate locations will be responsible for securing their own
transportation to the Getty Center (parking fee is $15/day) and for
picking up the tour bus at the hotel on tour days.

To access the conference rate, please mention the USC/DEMHIST event
when you secure your room reservation.

For more detailed information and to register online, visit

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