The Science of Conservation and Preservation Takes Center Stage
at a Philadelphia Science Festival Signature Event
Seventeen Partnering Organizations Join to Offer a Behind-the-Scenes Perspective
at the Penn Museum Wednesday, April 24, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Philadelphia is a city of extraordinary history and art—where, fortunately, the science of conservation is alive and well. Philadelphians will have a rare opportunity to find out some of the many ways the city's rich cultural heritage is preserved—and learn some conservation techniques suitable for home "treasures"— at a unique new collaborative public program that is a Philadelphia Science Festival Signature Event.
LONG LIVE OUR TREASURES puts the spotlight on the usually "behind-the-scenes" activities of professional conservators. Hands-on demonstrations, ongoing exhibitions, and short talks are parts of an eye-opening evening with 17 partnering organizations on Wednesday, April 24, 5:00 to 8:00 pm throughout the China and Upper Egypt Galleries of the Penn Museum. Tickets are just $6 from the Philadelphia Science Festival website in advance; $12 at the door.
In fact, the Philadelphia Science Festival (April 19–28), National Preservation Week (April 21–27), With Art Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania's "Year of Proof" have all converged to inspire this spectacular, "behind-the-scenes" collaborative event. Experts will lecture or demonstrate on everything from mummy conservation to paper-cleaning, from film restoration techniques to salt removal from pottery, and the conservation of everything from old battleships to plant specimens, from Old Master paintings to family heirlooms. Guests have hands-on opportunities to make an herbarium sheet to take home, work like John James Audubon to create wire armature birds, or remove damaging salts from materials.
Guests will also have the opportunity to meet and chat with experts from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Art Conservators Alliance, the Barnes Foundation, Bartram's Garden, City Archives, the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, the Center for Home Videos, the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust, the Franklin Institute, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Independence Seaport Museum, the John James Audubon Center, La Salle University Art Museum, the Mütter Museum, the Penn Museum, the University of Delaware, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Two conservation-focused exhibitions at the Penn Museum will be open during the event: In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies, featuring a conservator at work on a range of ancient artifacts from the Museum's Egyptian collection, and Unearthing a Masterpiece: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel, detailing the discovery, and conservation process, undertaken to travel a 1,700-year-old mosaic around two continents.
Conservators and educators work with primary sources, tangible proof of our rich human history. In recognition of the role that conservation plays in preserving evidence for the future, LONG LIVE OUR TREASURES is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the University of Pennsylvania's "Year of Proof."
About the Philadelphia Science Festival
One of the first celebrations of its kind in the country, the Philadelphia Science Festival is a 10-day celebration of science and technology in everyday places—parks, restaurants, bars, libraries, and museums. It asks Philadelphians to question the world around them and aims to inspire not only the next generation of scientists and engineers, but also create homegrown citizen scientists. More than 105 partners are working together to produce the Festival, which runs April 18–28. The Festival is presented by The Dow Chemical Company and organized by The Franklin Institute. To learn more, visit PhilaScienceFestival.org or call 215.448.1128.
About With Art Philadelphia™
The With Art Philadelphia™ collaborative celebrates Philadelphia's first class art, and art destinations. The With Art Philadelphia website makes it easy to create an individualized art itinerary, peruse blockbuster event and exhibit listings, find Philadelphia hotel accommodations and more.
About the Penn Museum
Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.
Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field). Public transportation to the Museum is available via SEPTA's Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34, and 36; and bus routes 21, 30, 40, and 42. The Pepper Mill Café and Museum Shop remain open Wednesdays until 7:30 pm. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call 215.898.4000.
Photo captions (top to bottom): Philadelphia Science Festival logo; From the Barnes Foundation: Anya Shutov, Assistant Conservator of Paintings, at work on a painting from the collection. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Head of Young Girl, 1885; Conservator Molly Gleeson points to the circular impressions on the outer linen wrappings of this mummy. These impressions were created by a beaded shroud that once covered the mummy. Ms. Gleeson is at work and on view In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies; From the Independence Seaport Museum: Volunteers of the Independence Seaport Museum painting the USS Olympia—the oldest steel warship afloat in the world. Photo: Bill Bustard; Project Conservator Molly Gleeson cleans the surface of a wall painting fragment from Deir el-Medina, which dates to 1150 BCE, at work and on view In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies; Year of Proof logo; With Art logo.