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St. John's University, New York (Queens, NY 11439-9000)
Blythe Roveland-Brenton (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Preservation Assessment for Asian Art in St. John’s University Special Collections

A preservation assessment and the purchase of environmental monitoring equipment for a collection of Asian and Asian American Art, with a focus on Chinese and Chinese American artists of the 1960s and 1970s whose works are used in exhibitions and classrooms for the study of art, art history, Asian studies, literature, philosophy, and human rights history.  The university has several projects planned in the next five years that will use the collection in exhibitions and as the basis for collecting oral histories from students of the artists represented in the collection.

A general preservation assessment, purchase of dataloggers, and development of an environmental monitoring program for an Asian and Asian-American art collection. The project would provide guidance on appropriate storage and exhibit strategies and conditions, and inform long-range conservation plans to ensure the collections continued use by students, researchers and in exhibitions. The artwork comprises 750 pieces in various media and represents periods from the 16th-20th centuries. It is especially strong in documenting Chinese artists active in the 1960s-1980s, and those based in New York City. Among its significant holdings is a large body of work by Wang Jiyuan, who founded the School of Chinese Brushwork in New York, and brought Eastern and Western traditions together. Other notable holdings are paper cuttings by Grandma Teng who revitalized the centuries-old folk art form, and carved panels from the Republic of Chinas pavilion at the New York Worlds Fair in 1964-65.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; East Asian History; East Asian Studies

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,986 (approved)
$5,986 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016