Anna Laganà, Plastics Conservator, Presenting at 2022 Brodsky Series

March 3, 2022, 4 p.m.

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Anna Laganà is a Senior Research Specialist in the conservation of plastics at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI)

Anna Laganà, Senior Research Specialist in the conservation of plastics at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), will present at Syracuse University Libraries’ annual Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation. Laganà’s lecture, titled “The Conservation of Plastics in Collections: a challenging path” will be held virtually on Wednesday, April 6 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST. Registration is required for the Zoom webinar.

A hands-on workshop, titled “Which Plastics are in my collection? The Identification of Plastics without the use of analytical techniques,” will be held the following day, Thursday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Antje Bultmann Lemke Seminar Room, Special Collections Research Center, 6th floor of Bird Library. Workshop space is limited, so advance registration is required by emailing jschambe@syr.edu.

All events are open to the public and free to attend because of the generous gift of William J. ’65, G’ 68 and Joan’67, G’68 Brodsky of Chicago. Since 2004, the annual Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation has sponsored programs featuring prominent library conservators that promote and advance knowledge of library conservation theory, practice, and application among wide audiences, both on campus and in the region.

Anna Laganà is a Senior Research Specialist in the conservation of plastics at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), where she leads projects, including the investigation of treatment options for plastics in collections and develops workshops on their conservation. Before joining the GCI, Anna had the opportunity to manage her own company and work within larger institutions in varied roles, including as Coordinator of the Contemporary Art Conservation Laboratory at the Centro Conservazione Restauro la Venaria Reale in Turin, as a conservator/researcher at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands conducting research on plastics conservation, and as a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam coordinating the Postgraduate program 1 (PI1) in Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art.  Since September 2020 she is the Coordinator for the Modern Materials and Contemporary Art Working Group of ICOM-CC. Laganà has published extensively on the conservation of plastics and has disseminated her research internationally through professional development workshops for conservators.

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