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Consortium on conserving works of art damaged by flooding

Speakers from the American Institute for Conservation Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT), along with conservators from MoMA, provide suggestions and answer questions on how to safely handle and dry wet materials such as paintings, drawings, books, sculptures, and other artistic and cultural works. The presentation is designed to be of special help to the many artists and galleries whose works were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

MoMA has also issued Immediate Response for Collections, a document that offers guidelines for dealing with art damaged by flooding. It offers step-by-step measures that can be taken to conserve artworks in a variety of mediums, including library and archive collections, which have been damaged by water. It also includes a list of suppliers and emergency services that can provide some of the services listed in the document.

The American Institute for Conservation (AIC), the national association of conservation professionals, is offering free emergency response assistance to cultural organizations. Call AIC's 24-hour assistance number at (202) 661-8068 for advice by phone. Call (202) 661-8068 to arrange for a team to come to the site to complete damage assessments and help with salvage organization.



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