Here are some links mentioned in Tricia Gilson and my presentation, Use, Degradation, and Patina: A Case Study of Eames Furniture at the Miller House and Garden, at Future Talks 011, in Munich, Germany.
The presentation was given at Die Neu Sammlung on October 27, 2011. (The RAR pictured above is in the collection of this museum.)
Before this presentation, Tricia and I interviewed Eames expert, Daniel Ostroff, on Art21’s Blog in a two-part series: Following the Eames Legacy, a Discussion with Daniel Ostroff
“Conservation training is material-based, and yet our dilemmas are not primarily material ones. We can spot paint cleavage at twenty paces. We know how to fix rips and remove grime from fragile surfaces. But the most difficult questions are not about what we can do, but what we should do. Codes of ethics say that conservation treatments should be “appropriate”. Appropriate to what exactly? We have no training, no terminology even to address these “non-matierial” aspects.”—Barbara Appelbaum - Conservation Treatment Methodology (via sofielh)
Michael Heizer’s art installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art requires transporting a 340-ton granite rock through 120 miles of roads in the heart of one of the most congested urban centers in the country.
Some time later, as a schoolboy, I returned to the Natural History Museum. I was now an amateur zoologist, solemn, like a little professor. I sat bent over the books about insects and fish.
I had started my own collections. They were kept at home in a cupboard. But inside my skull there grew up an immense museum and a kind of interplay developed between this imaginary one and the very real one which I visited.
The second part of our interview with Daniel Ostroff about the work and life of Charles and Ray Eames is now up on Art21’s Blog. The interview, conducted with Tricia Gilson, covers a lot of ground, including ideas around patina, preservation, presentation, and exhibition. Along with lots of background info on the new website EamesDesigns.com.