Perez Art Museum Investigation and Initial Conservation Treatments

Perez Art Museum , Miami, FL

The Perez Art Museum in Miami, FL has a growing sculpture collection installed on their bayside site. Curators noted damages to a number of works after Hurricane Irma blew through in 2017. We were contracted to inspect the works and recommend conservation treatments. Sculptures from numerous important artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, including Mark De Suvero, Anthony Caro, and Jedd Novatt, were inspected and treatment recommendations were made to address damages resulting from that storm as well as ongoing exposure to the marine sub-tropical environment. Treatment recommendations were focused to provide options for short-term maintenance strategies that could be performed as soon as possible, as well as longer-term treatments that would require removing the works from their sites.

Following the assessments, the museum engaged us to perform the recommended treatments on a selection of artworks. Treatment of the sculptures and maintenance work performed included cleaning, corrosion removal, in-painting, and the application of wax coatings. Work was accomplished within a tight schedule to meet the client’s goals. Our Conservators were then contracted to conduct the ongoing maintenance for this collection.