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Sunday, May 15 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
(Wooden Artifacts) Choices and Triage: The impact of early decisions on future treatment options.

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After the water recedes or fire is extinguished important choices begin that can dramatically impact the nature of intervention, costs involved, and treatment options available to stabilize and restore collections in subsequent weeks or months. Many times these decisions are made by staff and consulting conservators under extra-ordinary stress and limited time for consideration. Though the hard decisions are made by collection management in discussions with conservators and insurance adjusters in due course and with time for deliberation many treatment choices are set in motion during the process of triage. This presentation will examine a range of decorative arts materials as they were found during or immediately following triage for water damage followed by a discussion that considers treatment options informed by hind sight from past disasters. The audience will respond to examples given with their preference for triage recommendations and potential treatment outcomes by using class room clicker technology. The resulting survey will be discussed and be published in the post prints as a reference tool for future disaster responders faced with similar choices. Better informed future triage will hopefully lead to improved outcomes.

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Steve Pine

Senior Conservator of Decorative Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Steven Pine is Senior Decorative Arts Conservator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He is a former co-chair of the AIC Emergency Committee and is active in Alliance for Response networks in Texas and New York. He has assisted in recovery assessments and clean up of public and private collections after Katrina and Rita in 2005 and collaborated on recovery workshops in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. In May of 2006 he became part of the... Read More →

Sunday May 15, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 514

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