Conservation and Care of Collections

The AMAM annually undertakes conservation projects related to the care and preservation of the museum's important permanent collection. While the AMAM consults with a range of conservators in many different fields, the majority of our conservation projects are overseen by the Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA), Cleveland, Ohio. Formerly located on the Oberlin College campus, the ICA relocated to Cleveland in February 2003.

Three case studies illustrate the importance of the conservation of collection objects:


Sol LeWitt (American, 1928-2007)
49 Three-Part Variations on Three Different Kinds of Cubes (1967–71)
Enamel on steel
Fund for Contemporary Art, 1972.77


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  Claes Oldenburg (American, b. 1929)
Giant Three-Way Plug, 1970
Core-Ten steel and polished bronze
60 7/8 x 78 x 120 5/8 in. (155 x 198 x 306 x 98 cm)
Gift of the Artist and Fund for Contemporary Art, 1970
AMAM 70.38
Recently conserved with support from a
National Endowment for the Arts grant.

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From 2010-12, the AMAM's painting Cleopatra by Giampietrino was conserved by the ICA thanks to a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.  You may see more about the treatment both in the AMAM's Education Hallway gallery during spring and summer 2013, via this video on our Vimeo page, as well as at this link on the ICA's website -

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