Sixty Years and Counting: ICA

December 27th, 2012 Posted in Art, Ohio City, West Side

David E. Davis Sculpture

A must see:
Do you remember that over at the Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA), they were going to launch an online exhibit to celebrate its sixtieth birthday this year? In case you haven’t seen it yet, here are the details.

In honor of its sixtieth birthday, the ICA decided to celebrate in a very public manner by mounting an exhibition highlighting 27 of their favorite conservation projects called The Silent Treatment: 60 Years of Collaboration in Art & Heritage Conservation. Not only is each treated piece’s details available online, but the objects and artworks are on display at sites throughout Northeast Ohio and the Midwest region. That means they can be seen and interacted with by us all- at museums, historical societies and various public collections. An excellent idea as otherwise, most folks would never have realized the extent of the work completed by ICA’s talented team of experts- the proper conservation treatment is imperceptible to all but the highly trained experts.

Now how cool is that?

Here are several before-and-after photos to tempt you. Click on over to The Silent Treatment and read about those details.


“Little Russia, Cleveland”
View of Tremont from Clark Ave. Bridge


Pagoda Lampshade


Portrait of Miss Mansell


One of our favorite subjects in history is Pompeii (read: excitement for CMA‘s upcoming The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection“). The ICA was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work on a set of panels that were painted from 1924-1926 by Italian artist Maria Barosso in 5/6th scale for a commission by Francis Kelsey, of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (at the University of Michigan).

The renderings of the Villa of Mysteries frescoes were opened in 1926 to much fanfare, but not exhibited again until the year 2000, after being rolled up in storage.

Each was over 20′ long, and 6′ high. They were “badly creased and warped from years of being tightly rolled, and the fragile edges were torn.”* To execute the needed repairs required specialists in paintings, paper conservation, as well as experts in the exhibition of large-scale artworks.

Villa of Mysteries Watercolors


As we have said before, we are fortunate to have such a specialized organization in our city!

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