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Tuesday July 5th 2016

In a recent post on the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco blog, WUDPAC Fellow José Luis Lazarte Fellow discussed his graduate internship at FAMSF working with the materials of Alan Sonfist, an artist whose pencil renderings of seismograms immortalized two California earthquakes.

From the June 15, 2016 blog post, entitled "Ironing out Wrinkles // Fixing Earthquake Faults":

When Alan Sonfist’s (b. 1946) California Earthquake came to the Paintings Conservation department for treatment, my first thought was: This graphite drawing on canvas is more a drawing on a textile than it is a painting. As such, the artwork fell between conservation specialties, and its treatment required collaboration among the Paintings, Paper, and Textiles Conservation departments at the Museums. This drawing on canvas was born from Sonfist’s idea that natural disasters should be honored as historical events. Here, the artist immortalized in pencil the seismograms for two earthquakes, which occurred in October 1, 1969 in Santa Rosa, CA. The selection of this piece for the exhibition Wild West: Plains to the Pacific prompted the assessment of several creases that cut across the drawing and were visually distracting. 

For images and details about this treatment, read the full blog post here.

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In a recent post on the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco blog, WUDPAC Fellow José Luis Lazarte Fellow discusses his graduate internship at FAMSF...

​In a recent post on the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco blog, WUDPAC Fellow José Luis Lazarte Fellow discusses his graduate internship at FAMSF working with the materials of Alan Sonfist, an artist whose pencil renderings of seismograms immortalized two California earthquakes.

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