Smithsonian 175th Film Fest: Preserving Outdoor Collections

Promo graphic for the program. On the left is a moving GIF of two men scrubbing an outdoor sculpture


How do the Smithsonian and local communities care for collections that physically live outside, and how have our perceptions of those works, and those who care for them, changed? On June 23, 2022, at 12 p.m. ET, we’ll screen two films related to preservation strategies surrounding outdoor artworks. In Outdoor Sculpture and Its Care: Preserving the Hirshhorn Museum’s Collection, the Museum’s staff explore their maintenance program to treat outdoor pieces. Conservators describe how their strategies vary depending on material, climate, and the resources available. The other film is a promotional piece for Save Outdoor Sculpture! (SOS!), a nationwide survey, jointly sponsored by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Heritage Preservation, Inc., to document and preserve America’s outdoor sculpture.

This month, we’ll be joined by Smithsonian Libraries and Archives conservator Nora Lockshin, Smithsonian American Art Museum objects conservator Dorothy Cheng, and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden contract sculpture conservator Anouk Verbeek who will discuss the Institution’s present-day strategies to preserve outdoor sculptures.

About the Smithsonian 175th Film Fest

To celebrate the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary, the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives is hosting monthly programs featuring films from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution Archives. The series will be hosted virtually between August 2021 and August 2022.

In addition to the film screenings, archivists, conservators, and subject experts will also provide some context to the videos, share a little about their work, and answer questions from the audience during the one-hour programs.

There are multiple ways to watch. Audiences can either register for the webinar or tune into the livestream on our YouTube channel homepage.

Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 12:00pm