Decorative Arts—Conservation Workshop

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art was awarded a Conservation Project Support Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the conservation of two nineteenth-century American sofas: a Neoclassical sofa and Renaissance Revival settee. The grant, valued at nearly $58,000, has allowed for these significant pieces to be included in the newly renovated American galleries, which will open in the spring of 2009.

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19th-Century American Sofa Conservation Workshop 
Thursday, May 1, 2008
9:30 am — 3 pm
Atkins Auditorium and Gallery 220

9:30-10 a.m. Robert Mussey of Robert Mussey Associates of Boston and Catherine Futter, Helen Jane & R. Hugh "Pat" Uhlmann Curator of Decorative Arts, will present an overview of art historical background on the sofa and settee and the conservation treatment conducted
10 a.m.-Noon

Robert Mussey and Museum Conservator Joe Rogers will present contemporary museum methods of upholstery conservation, including methods of non-invasive reupholstery, such as those employed for the Nelson-Atkins’ sofa and settee. Robert Mussey will also review a series of treatments done over the years at Robert Mussey Associates; objects discussed will draw from many styles and periods of furniture.

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch
1-2 p.m. Workshop continues (including time for Questions & Answers)
2-3 p.m. Robert Mussey will conduct a training session demonstrating the proper handling and maintenance of fine furniture.

Refining and Reviving Elegance: 19th-Century American Furniture 
Thursday, May 1, 2008
6 — 8:30 pm
Atkins Auditorium

6-7 p.m. Peter Kenny, Curator, American Decorative Arts and Administrator of the American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will place the Nelson-Atkins sofa and settee in the context of other examples of Neoclassical and Renaissance Revival furniture in 19th-century America and the thriving industry of New York furniture manufactures.
7-8 p.m.

Robert Mussey will present the conservation treatment of the sofa and settee.

8-8:30 p.m. Questions & Answers
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