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Aluminum: History, Technology and Conservation

April 7-11, 2014

 

Thanks to all for a wonderful conference!

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, in partnership with the Lunder Conservation Center and the International Council of Museums Committee for Conservation Metal Working Group, is pleased to announce an inaugural conference on the history, technology and conservation of aluminum alloys.

The conference, will be held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium in Washington D.C from April 7-9, 2014. The one-and-a-half day workshop will be hosted by the Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory at the National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, from April 10-11, 2014.

The preservation of objects made from aluminum alloys is an issue of high priority in the materials conservation field. Artifacts as diverse as domestic objects, modern sculpture, scientific and technological objects, outdoor architectural structures, airplanes and spacecraft, constructed in whole or in part from this material, can suffer severe deterioration. Little technical information is readily available to the conservation community about how to effectively conserve these artifacts. The recent invention of many of these alloys and their ever-increasing prevalence in museum collections adds to the severity of the problem.

CONFERENCE THEMES

The conference will explore the following conservation and research themes:
• History, production, fabrication and use of aluminum
• Corrosion and deterioration studies
• Conservation of archaeological objects – marine, terrestrial and industrial
• Materials characterization and identification
• Coatings, surface treatments and corrosion inhibition, particularly the latest developments in corrosion mitigation through development of innovative and environmentally friendly inhibitors and modern coating systems
• Conservation and use of aluminum alloys in contemporary art
• Conservation of architectural structures and elements
• Preventive conservation

PARTICIPANTS

The symposium is open to participants from a wide range of disciplines including conservation, conservation science, chemistry, materials science, collections management, engineering, archaeology, art history and architecture. The conference encourages contributions from conservators dealing with aluminum alloys in a variety of contexts including, but not limited to, collections containing domestic, scientific and technological objects, contemporary art, architectural structures, archaeological materials, both marine and terrestrial, and large technological and industrial objects.

CONFERENCE FORMAT

The three-day program (April 7-9) will feature 40-minute lectures by invited speakers, as well as 20-minute submitted presentations, with each session followed by a Q and A. An optional one-and-a-half day workshop (April 10 and 11) on the identification of aluminum alloys and finishes will also be offered as a professional development opportunity.

CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS EXTENDED

Paper abstract deadline (extended): September 15, 2013. Please email abstracts of no more than 600 words to aluminum2014@gmail.com Contributions must be in English and include full contact details of the authors (affiliation, address, telephone, fax and email).

Poster abstract deadline (extended): September 15, 2013. Please email abstracts of no more than 400 words to aluminum2014@gmail.com Contributions must be in English and include full contact details of the authors (affiliation, address, telephone, fax and email).

Accepted papers and posters deadline is December 30, 2013.

For more information or to submit an abstract, please email aluminum2014@gmail.com

DOWNLOAD THE CALL FOR PAPERS

Registration is now open for the conference and workshop

Conference: Aluminum: History, Technology and Conservation.
Dates: April 7-9, 2014
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium in Washington D.C.
Information/Register: www.conservation-us.org/aluminum
Contact: aluminum2014@gmail.com

Workshop: An Introduction to the Identification of Aluminum Alloys and Finishes
Dates: April 10-11, 2014
Location: Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia
Information/Register: www.conservation-us.org/aluminum-workshop
Contact: aluminum2014@gmail.com



 

 

 

 

 

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