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08 December 2012
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First Aid

Paloma Checa

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.

Paloma Checa-Gismero is Assistant Professor at San Diego State University and Candidate to Ph.D. in Art History, Criticism and Theory at the University of California San Diego. A historian of universal and Latin American contemporary art, she studies the encounters between local aesthetics and global standards. Recent academic publications include ‘Realism in the Work of Maria Thereza Alves’, Afterall, autumn/winter 2017, and 'Global Contemporary Art Tourism: Engaging with Cuban Authenticity Through the Bienal de La Habana', in Tourism Planning & Development, vol. 15, 3, 2017. Since 2014 Paloma is a member of the editorial collective of FIELD journal.

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