Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 09/03/2013
Tuesday, 09/03/2013
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Chris McGlinchey
Sally and Michael Gordon Conservation Scientist
Museum of Modern Art

"Lasting Effects Derived from Rheological Properties of Artist's Paint: Some Observations Related to Appearance and Preservation"


Paint rheology typically concerns studying the application behavior of paint as it is applied to a substrate by some means. While this has obvious implications for artists who handle paint, certain properties derived from rheological behavior can have lasting effects that could be locked into paint once it is dry. The scientific literature is rich with studies focusing on flow-induced separation or stratification of complex liquids, including paint or paint-like systems. While some of these effects may yield subtle differences in optical appearance, others could result in weaker differences that escape visual observation but could influence aging or a response to conservation treatments. While scientific advancements have helped identify artists' materials, the presentation will illustrate ways in which artists' materials can respond to their hand.


Chris McGlinchey is the Sally and Michael Gordon Conservation Scientist at The Museum of Modern Art. Chris joined MoMA's conservation department in 1999 and leads the scientific component addressing the research and preservation of the museum's collection. He is a recipient of the 2009 Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation from the College Art Association. Prior to joining MoMA, Chris started work in 1983 as a scientist in the paintings conservation department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and assisted with the development of stable and optically correct varnishes for Old Master paintings. He has a Masters Degree in Polymer Science from the Polymer Research Institute at Brooklyn Polytechnic, now Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

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