The Avery Painting Preservation Project
The Arizona State Museum has undertaken a large-scale project to responsibly preserve The Avery Collection of American Indian Paintings. A condition assessment completed in 2000-01 by professional paper conservator Laura Downey revealed that many of the works suffer from the effects of time, non-museum quality materials, commercial matting, inappropriate adhesives, and other deteriorating factors. These problems were demonstrated in frequent stains, adhesives residues, tears, creases, and other markings. For example, of the paintings currently housed at ASM almost half were affixed to their mat with pressure sensitive tapes such as “masking tape”, known to cause damage if allowed to remain in contact with the work of art.
The museum’s first priority has been to ensure the preservation of this culturally and historically unique and important collection. Immediate steps needed to be taken to treat the paintings and properly mat, hinge, back, and frame the works in museum-quality materials.
Funds from the Stockman Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities enabled conservators and assistants to:
The Arizona State Museum has been able to provide the necessary preservation treatment and rehousing for this unique resource in order to ensure its well being into the future and, thereby, facilitating scholarly and public access through exhibition, presentation, and interpretation.
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