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Thursday, June 1 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
(Objects) Sitting Pretty: Collaborative Treatment of an early Yayoi Kusama Soft-Sculpture Chair

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This paper discusses the collaborative treatment undertaken on an early Yayoi Kusama (born 1929) soft-sculpture chair by both objects and paintings conservators at the Dallas Museum of Art. The chair is one part of Accumulation (1962-1964), a body of work characterized by accumulations of phallic-like soft-sculptures that would eventually evolve to full sensory environments. This body of work represents Kusama's early artistic career during the period when she first moved to New York City in 1958, and was developing in the avant-garde. Accumulation was requested for loan for a retrospective on Kusama, and at this point its condition, treatment needs, and travel logistics where evaluated. The chair is encased in a network of soft stuffed fabric bundles that are painted white with a thick rigid paint. Packing the object was the primary concern due to its complex surface; soft, yet brittle simultaneously. Structural treatment of the individual fabric bundles had to be addressed as several had been crushed and poked in the past. Networks of large insecure cracks had formed throughout the paint layer which had also become embedded with grime and needed to be cleaned and consolidated. Due to the complex nature of the object both painting and object conservators collaborated together to develop and enact a specialized treatment plan for this complicated and fantastic object.

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Fran Baas

Conservator, Dallas Museum of Art
Bridging the worlds of objects and textile conservation, Baas previously has worked in conservation labs at the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Barnes Foundation, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology... Read More →

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Laura Eva Hartman

Associate Paintings Conservator, Dallas Museum of Art
Laura Eva Hartman is the Associate Paintings Conservator at the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, TX. She received her MS from the Winterthur/University of Delaware program in Art Conservation. She spent her third year of school as a graduate intern at the Museo Nacional del Prado in... Read More →

Thursday June 1, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Crystal Ballroom B Lobby Level, West Tower