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Subject  :  Lighting in ICOC X Exhibitions
Author  :  R. John Howe mailto:%20rjhowe@erols.com
Date  :  01-14-2001 on 08:24 a.m.
Sara and folks -

I'm on the local organizing committee for ICOC X, which will be held here in Washington, in April, 2003. Our discussions of the several exhibitions that we plan to mount during the days of the exhibition have included, as a high value, the provision of "enough light." In some cases, the pieces might be up for 5-6 days, we have one exhibition planned that might be up as long as 3 weeks.

Question: Although it is clear from your essay that we are going to be violating the lighting standards that most museum curators would advise. As a practical matter, are we likely to do any significant damage to these pieces by lighting them in terms of what might called "collector standards" for the periods of exhibition I have described?


R. John Howe

Subject  :  Re:Lighting in ICOC X Exhibitions
Author  :  Sara Wolf mailto:%20sjcenik@aol.com
Date  :  01-14-2001 on 04:32 p.m.
John, I think it's difficult to compare the needs/requirements for a museum collection to those of a collector's or commercial exhibition. The mission for each is quite different, as are the consequences. For the ICOC X exhibition, the pieces will be on view rather briefly, compared to a museum exhibition. Light deterioration is a function of intensity x duration. In fact, your 3 week exhibition at a higher light level might be fairly comparable to a 3-month museum exhibition.

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