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At the end of October hurricane Sandy hit New York. Having devastated parts of the Caribbean and the east coast of North America, leaving behind human and structural damage, the floods that came with it also managed to affect the works of collectors. With the city marooned and soaked, MOMA moved into action as a public resource and placed at the disposal of the public a guide to the emergency care of works of art.
The pdf, that gives guidelines for how to treat works damaged by water, is housed in a section of the museum’s website dedicated to housing information on the basic conservation of contemporary works of art.
With hurricanes or without them, they are useful tips for artists, handlers or collectors who some day will have to practice first aid on a piece of art to save it from an imminent death.
"A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world" (John Le Carré)