A Fall 2016 UCLA Lecture Series for the Los Angeles Community

This lecture series for the Los Angeles community is partly sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of a planning grant UCLA has received to explore the creation of a new Master’s degree program in Book and Paper Conservation within the UCLA Department of Information Studies.

Celebrating the Art & Science of Book and Paper Conservation
in the 21st Century

This lecture series for the Los Angeles community is partly sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of a planning grant UCLA has received to explore the creation of a new Master’s degree program in Book and Paper Conservation within the UCLA Department of Information Studies.

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 4:30 pm, UCLA Northwest Auditorium

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Playing our Part: A Special Collections Library

Renate Mesmer, Head of Conservation at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.

Material science, book and paper history, hand skills, passive climate controls, custom designed book supports, outreach, and risk management are all paramount attributes of the Folger conservation team’s experience. But they are also expected to contribute in many more areas as varied expertise and innovative approaches are vital to a successful research library in the 21st century. Mesmer previously worked conserving and restoring books and manuscripts at the University Library in Mannheim, at the Speyer State Archives in Germany, and at the Centro del bel libro in Ascona, Switzerland.

 

Information and RSVP

All lectures are being held at:

Northwest Auditorium, UCLA
200 De Neve Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Free parking, Structure SV

For more information, please call (310) 206-0375 or events@gseis.ucla.edu

Admission is free, but space is limited

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Thursday, October 20, 2016, 4:30 pm, UCLA Northwest Auditorium

illuminated-manuscript2Revealing Hidden Stories: the Role of the Conservator in Advancing Scholarship in Medieval Manuscripts, beginning with the Archimedes Palimpsest

Abigail B. Quandt, Head of Book and Paper Conservation, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

Medieval manuscripts are complex objects containing a compilation of texts and images that were enclosed in intricately wrought bindings. This lecture will describe some of the discoveries that were made during conservation of the Archimedes Palimpsest, and that have recently been made about manuscripts from The Walters Art Museum collection. Quandt will discuss how this research has advanced our understanding of the material construction, ownership, provenance, and later alteration of the objects. Quandt specializes in illuminated manuscripts on parchment and has lectured and published extensively on this topic.

 

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 4:30 pm, UCLA Northwest Auditorium

photometric2Photometric Stereo Imaging with the Microdome for Studying Bookbindings, Illuminations, Drawings and Documentary Heritage

Lieve Watteeuw, Head of Book Heritage Lab, KU Leuven, Belgium
KU Leuven has developed two imaging devices for exploration of materials produced in medieval and early modern times. The ‘Microdome’ consists of a hemispherical structure, with an overhead camera and white light LEDs. The second Microdome structure exhibits LEDs emitting in five different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum enabling multispectral imaging. Conservators can analyze extremely small art technical features and monitor conservation treatments.The lecture will study research cases in the field of illuminations, bookbindings, prints and drawings. Watteeuw specializes in the border of medieval manuscript illumination, book production, art-technical research, and conservation/preservation strategies for heritage libraries.

 

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 3:00 pm, UCLA Northwest Auditorium

SPECIAL EVENT: The West Coast Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Florence Flood and the Book and Paper Conservation Techniques Developed

waters-edge2Featuring Sheila Waters and Julian Waters
Sheila Waters is author of the April 2016 book, Waters Rising: Letters from Florence, a chronicle of the Flood Treatments at the National Library of Florence. Julian Waters was a consultant and co-designer of the book.

Renowned calligrapher Sheila Waters, and her son, lettering designer Julian Waters, will speak about Sheila’s book in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Florence Flood—Waters Rising: Letters from Florence, chronicling the leadership role her husband, the leading bookbinder Peter Waters (1930–2003), played in organizing monumental efforts to save 100,000+ severely damaged rare books in the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (National Library, Florence) after the flood in 1966, the most devastating flood in the city’s history. The book contains nearly 50 letters from Peter that served as his diary of the work undertaken, and Sheila’s letters back, along with 300 photos, mostly taken by Peter. After his work in Florence, Peter Waters was appointed as Chief of Conservation at the Library of Congress and has had a lasting influence on book and paper conservation during the past 50 years.

 

3:00 PM – Movie Screening: Florence: Days of Destruction (the rare 1966 documentary by Franco Zeffirelli, featuring Richard Burton)

4:00 pm – Movie Screening: The Restoration of Books: Florence (the 1968 film by Roger Hill, consultant and script by Peter Waters)

5:00 pm – Lecture: Sheila Waters and Julian Waters – Waters Rising The story of how events unfolded following the flood, quoting Peter’s own words, with many photos of the restoration work and many of the people involved.

6:00 pm – Reception – Wine and Cheese following the lecture