MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

 

Fowler Museum at UCLA
Head of Conservation, 2011 - present

In addition to Assistant Conservator duties below, responsibilities include organizing and supervising all conservation related tasks within the museum.   The laboratories and conservation processes have been heavily modernized.  Other duties include hiring, training and managing all interns, couriering high-valued traveling exhibitions, establishing conservation protocols for the museum, such as safe handling and mounting of objects, and working closely with Facilities of UCLA on environmental control within the museum.  Synergistic activities have also been established with the UCLA/Getty Masters Conservation Program.  Assist in conservation efforts for artworks throughout the UCLA campus such as consulting on the conservation of the recently exposed Black Experience Mural.  Recurring lecturer for the UCLA/Getty Masters Conservation Program, and have lectured at conservation conferences and Museum Studies courses.

Research efforts past and present have focused on the analysis of Mixteca polychrome ceramics, the analysis of Jaina ploychrome figurines, the analysis of manganese dioxide burial deposits on West Mexican ceramics, and the study of rare earth magnets as a mounting device.

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Fowler Museum at UCLA 
Assistant Conservator/Assistant Collections Manager, 2010 – 2011

Examination, condition reporting and treatment (if necessary) of all objects for exhibitions, incoming and outgoing loans, and acquisitions.  The exhibitions and collections consist of a large variety of ethnographic and archaeological materials, as well as contemporary cultural artworks and crafts.  Other duties include packing and unpacking of artworks/artifacts for loans and travelling exhibitions.  Pest inspection and mitigation for all incoming objects is also performed, as well as environmental monitoring of galleries and storage spaces.  Exhibition and preparator staffs are also routinely consulted on exhibition mount making and object handling. Supervised by Rachel Raynor, Director of Registration and Collections Management.

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Vincent Price Art Museum, East Los Angeles College
Contract conservation, 2010 - 2011

Projects include the treatment and exhibition mounting of Pre-Columbian ceramic vessels
from the collection of the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College.  The ceramics are to be displayed in the newly built arts building located on campus.  The treatments involved removal of past conservation treatments, re-adhering elements reversibly, infilling, and inpainting to match.  Other treatments include the removal of Posada drawings on paper adhered to mattboard backings and the restretching of a Gronk painting.

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UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History
Contract exhibitions and conservation, 2008 - 2010

Designed and created custom mounts for display and storage of Columbian ceramics, Sri Lankan masks and costumes, and Mexican monochrome ceramics.  The mounts had to consider the object's condition and weight, and had to account for the exhibition aesthetics, possible seismic activity and reuse at future venues. A storage mount was also created for a Chilean mummy to be taken off the museum grounds for CT-scanning.  Other projects included the installation and de-installation of painting, prints, sculptures, video and mixed-media artworks for the exhibits Caras Vemos, Continental Rifts and Transformations.  More recently, the work has focused on designing all aspects of the exhibits, including title treatments, text panels object labels and marketing materials.  Designed exhibits include Steeped in History: the Art of Tea, X-Voto: the Retablo Inspired Art of David Mecalco, Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth,  Art, Activism, Access: 40 Years of Ethnic Studies at UCLA, Courtly and Urban Batiks from Java, Document: Iranian Americans in L.A. and Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art.   Supervised by Jo Hill, Director of Conservation, and Sebastian Clough, Director of Exhibitions.

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Getty Center, Los Angeles
12-month Getty Graduate Internship and post-graduate contract conservation, “Mosaics in situ” project, Field Projects department, Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), 2007 – 2009

Researching and creating long-term maintenance and management plans for Roman sites containing mosaics in Tunisia. The work requires visiting the sites to determine the appropriate activities and needed resources for the successful completion of maintenance as a preventative conservation effort. Maintenance activities consist of both periodic inspections and minor treatments. The plans also include financial and labor projections. The maintenance projects are part of the broader management plan and are both site-specific and regional in scope. On-site training in maintenance and general site management is also performed. Much of the research is being applied to the development of maintenance plans for other GCI projects involving public art and the creation of a web-based bibliography on maintenance. The contract work involves editing, designing and updating literature reviews and a training manual for publication.  Supervised by Tom Roby, Senior Project Specialist, GCI and Martha Demas, Project Manager, Special Projects, GCI. 

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mummy storage area
San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum, Arica, Chile
Summer conservation internships, UCLA Tarapacá field school archaeological site, Atacama Desert, Northern Chile, 2006, 2007

Excavated materials consisted of mummy bundles containing human remains, textiles, plant fiber cordage and loose threads. Other associated artifacts included ceramics, metal objects, gourds and cactus needles. Conservation efforts consisted of final lifting and stabilization of excavated objects, housing, creation of a conservation lab and storage facility, CT-scanning and x-radiography of mummy bundles, condition reporting and photo-documentation, environmental monitoring, cleaning, and structural repair and desalination of ceramics. Supervised by Ran Boytner, UCLA, and Ioanna Kakoulli and Ellen Pearlstein, both of the UCLA/Getty Graduate Conservation Program.

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Southwest Museum, Los Angeles 

Summer and fall conservation internship, 2006

Conserved and housed objects for a large move to an off-site storage facility. Treatments included the cleaning and housing of glass-beaded moccasins, matte paint consolidation on a large wooden Katsina doll, and structural repair and inpainting of a large, conical Pomo basket. Supervised by Angie McGrew, Associate Conservator, and Linda Strauss, Director of Conservation, The Autry Center.

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The Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture, Los Angeles
Contract collections management/conservation, 2005

Work involved the photo-documentation, examination, condition reporting and registration of the entire permanent collection housed in an offsite storeroom. Advice was also given on environmental agents and monitoring equipment for a new museum space.

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UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History 
8-month pre-program conservation internship, 2003 - 2004

Conserved a variety of materials, assisting in exhibition installation and environmental monitoring. Conservation projects included dry and wet cleaning of mold, salt efflorescence and soiling on paper, wood, leather, gourds and other organic materials, reintegration of delaminated paper objects, structural repair of bases and frames of artifacts, and de-infestation of pests in objects using anoxic treatments. Also assisted in unpacking and condition reporting of all incoming loan and acquired objects. Condition reports were also written for all exhibition and treated objects. Other lab work included construction of storage mounts for various types and sizes of objects, creation of weights for display and storage, and completion of a chemical inventory of all materials in the lab. Supervised by Jo Hill, Director of Conservation.