As conservators, responsibly caring for 93% of Clyfford Still’s total body of work offers incredible opportunity but demands serious labor. This work provides unique insights into Still and compels conservators to think critically about their role in his legacy. Over the first decade of the Clyfford Still Museum, our understanding of his work has evolved and will continue in the subsequent years. CSM’s Chief Paintings Conservator and Associate Conservator of Paper will share how their initial exhilaration of unrolling paintings or discovering never-before-seen works on paper evolved into the somber understanding of their role as caretakers and physical interpreters of Still’s work. Learn more about their research and practice to limit change to Still’s artwork, ensuring the artist’s hand is the one future generations see.
This talk will take place in person in the lobby at the Clyfford Still Museum. Registration is required, and space is limited. Please tune in to the live stream on CSM’s YouTube channel if you cannot join in person.
For the health and wellbeing of our community, all visitors ages three and over are required to wear face coverings inside the Museum during this event.
James Squires is the chief conservator at the Clyfford Still Museum. He first began conservation work on the Museum’s collection in 2010 as the associate conservator of paintings for the Clyfford Still Museum and Denver Art Museum. From 2001-2010, James co-managed the Atlanta Art Conservation Center, a satellite regional conservation laboratory of the Williamstown Art Conservation Center. Along with treating a variety of paintings, James has lectured about conservation and promoted heritage preservation efforts throughout the Southeast.
Michal Mikesell, associate conservator of paper at CSM, has developed more in-depth preservation practices to facilitate the long-term care of the paper objects in the Clyfford Still Museum’s collections since joining the staff in 2017. She has ongoing research into papers Still used and the light-sensitive materials within the collections, which will inform future conservation treatment protocols. Michal has worked previously with collections at the Denver Art Museum, Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. She earned her master’s of art with a certificate of advanced study in art conservation from SUNY Buffalo State.