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Panel Discussion: Preserving Toulouse-Lautrec's Posters

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Boston Public Library's Abbey Room

700 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02116

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In preparation for the Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris exhibition now on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, nine fragile posters from the Boston Public Library's collection were sent to the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in North Andover, Massachusetts for conservation and digitization. This critical work—which makes public access possible but is rarely publicized—relies on extensive collaboration among professionals in curation, preservation, conservation, imaging, and framing.

Join BPL’s Preservation Manager Jessica Bitely in conversation with NEDCC’s Assistant Paper Conservator Terra Huber and Senior Collections Photographer David Joyall as they uncover the behind-the-scenes process to conserve and digitize these incredible posters and describe how some of the complicated collections care decisions were made. A reception will follow the discussion.

The Associates of the Boston Public Library is pleased to co-sponsor this lecture with the BPL. We also partnered with the MFA to underwrite the conservation and digitization of the nine posters. One of the conserved posters is currently on view at the Central Library in Copley Square. The Associates also funded the digitization of the BPL's complete Toulouse-Lautrec collection, making the prints freely available online.

This is a free event. Seats are available on a first come first serve basis on the night of the event, but please register so we can plan accordingly. Please contact the Associates office with any questions: associates@bpl.org or 617-536-3886.

Photo credit: Tim Gurczak

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