In 2020, the Preservation Department was awarded a Kress Conservation Fellowship to support research into plastic objects in our Special Collections. We hired objects conservator Chantal Stein to identify the composition of plastic items in the David Wojnarowicz Collection (MSS 092) and to establish best practices for housing and monitoring various plastic types. Our goal was to find a means to preserve these fragile items while supporting access and use. Chantal will present the results of her research.
Chantal Stein is the Samuel H. Kress Conservation Fellow in plastics conservation at the Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department at New York University Libraries. She received her MA in Art History and MS in the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works from NYU, and her BA in Fine Arts and Creative Writing from Columbia University.
Jessica Pace is the Preventive Conservator at New York University Libraries, where she is responsible for environmental monitoring, emergency preparedness and response, integrated pest management, as well as handling and housing of Special Collections materials. She received her MA in Art History and CAS in Conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts’ Conservation Center at New York University, and her BA in Art History and Visual Arts from Barnard College.
Link to RSVP here. This event is presented as part of NYU Libraries' Preservation Week series of programming. More information can be found on the NYU Preservation Week website.