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Behind the scenes with our conservators

MicroCT Scanning our Gothic Boxwood Miniatures

Lisa Ellis, Conservator, Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and Andrew Nelson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Western University, discuss their scientific studies of the prayer beads in Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures.


Resurfacing Large Two Forms

In a matter of minutes see the month long conservation treatment of Henry Moore's Large Two Forms, the monumental bronze sculpture at the corner of McCaul and Dundas Streets, now a cornerstone of Toronto’s cultural landscape. Treatment included grinding out stress cracks, welding repairs, the application of patination chemicals and a protective coating of wax using propane torches.


The Conservation of Seated Sculpture by Michael Snow

Sherry Phillips, Conservator for Contemporary and Inuit Art at the AGO, talks about conserving Michael Snow's Seated Sculpture (1982), one of 14 sculptural works in the exhibition Michael Snow: Objects of Vision.


AGO Conservator Sherry Phillips on Iain Baxter&'s work that incorporates Japanese screens

Sherry Phillips, Conservator for Contemporary and Inuit Art Collections at the Art Gallery of Ontario, talks about conserving the Byobu screens featured in IAIN BAXTER&: 1958 - 2011


AGO Conservator Katy Whitman on Polaroid pictures

AGO Conservator Katy Whitman talks about why Polaroids are different from other types of photographs and the challenges of preserving images made in this medium. There are several Polaroids in IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958-2011 and Katy talks about her role in making sure these photographs can withstand being shown in the Gallery.


AGO Conservator Sherry Phillips on Betty Goodwin's Tarpaulin # 8

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