Have you ever walked through a museum gallery and wondered how large, heavy sculptures and structures were assembled inside the building?

Join Julia Commander, Alice and Herbert Sachs Conservator of Egyptian Collections at the Penn Museum, to learn about preparations to reinstall its Ancient Egypt and Nubia galleries, which include components of massive structures like the Palace of the Pharoah Merenptah. This talk explores the conservation of stone sculptures and architectural materials, many of which have not been closely examined since the 1920s. We will look at the new methods and materials that have been developed for this project and reflect on how art conservation and museum practices are changing over time.

About the Speaker

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Julia Commander.

Julia Commander (she/her) is the Alice and Herbert Sachs Conservator of Egyptian Collections at the Penn Museum, currently focusing on treatment and reinstallation of monumental stone architecture. Julia earned her MS from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, specializing in object conservation and preventive collections care, and conducted post-graduate training at the J. Paul Getty Museum Antiquities Department and a research fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

About the Series

Science on Tap is a monthly speaker series that features brief, informal presentations by Philadelphia-based scientists and other experts followed by lively conversation and a Q&A. The goal is to promote enthusiasm for science in a fun, spirited, and accessible way, while also meeting new people. Come join the conversation!

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