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Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum gave paper conservators an opportunity to closely examine a group of drawings which had rarely been shown or studied. These drawings, dating from 1768 to 1945, feature a range of artists who used a variety of materials, including Conté crayon, graphite, and pastel. In this talk, Rachel Danzing, Conservator of Paper at the Brooklyn Museum, will discuss some of the different ways conservators examine drawings in order to understand how the artist made them, how the artists’ techniques varied, and how the drawings may have changed over time. Different examples taken from the exhibition will be shown under magnification to illustrate their individual characteristics. In addition, Danzing will discuss a few of the conservation treatments performed in the lab such as washing and repairing some of the drawings.
Rachel Danzing is Conservator of Paper at the Brooklyn Museum. She began working there in 1992, beginning as an advanced intern. Danzing completed her MA in Art History and Diploma in Conservation at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. She has trained at numerous museums in Washington, DC, and New York, NY.