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Ellen Pearlstein

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

M.A., Columbia University, 1978 <br />Advanced Certificate in Conservation, New York University Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, 1982

Office: Fowler A410
Phone: (310) 794-4940
Fax: 310-206-4723
E-mail: epearl@ucla.edu

Mailing Address:

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
308 Charles E Young Dr. North
A210 Fowler Building/Box 951510
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1510

Class Websites

UCLA Appointments

Department of Information Studies and Conservation Program

Research Interests

Plant materials used as paint binders or patination materials on archaeological and ethnographic objects; the developing role of preventive conservation; and conservation education.

Selected Publications

1. Pearlstein, E., M. Hughs, J. Mazurek, K. McGraw, C. Pesme, and M. Garcia-Garibay, 2014, Correlations between photochemical damage and UV fluorescence of feathers, ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference, Melbourne, Australia September 15-19, 2014, Preprints, abstracted accepted, paper under review.

2.Pearlstein, E., 2014, Displaying feathers, what history tells us, in Images Take Flight; Feather Art in Mexico and Europe, Alessandra Russo, Gerhard Wolf, Diana Fanes, eds., Chicago: University of Chicago Press in collaboration with the Kunsthistorisches Institut-Max-Planck Institut in Florence and the Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL) in Mexico City, in press.

3.Robin O'Hern, Ellen Pearlstein and Susan Elizabeth Gagliardi, 2014, Beyond the Surface: Where Cultural Contexts and Scientific Analyses Meet in the Conservation of Komo Helmet Masks in Museum Collections, Museum Anthropology, paper under review.

4.Robin O'Hern & Ellen Pearlstein (2013) Label removal from deteriorated leather-bound books, Journal
of the Institute of Conservation, 36:2, 109-124.

5.Riedler, R., C. Pesme, J. Druzik, M. Gleeson, and E. Pearlstein, 2014, A review of color producing mechanisms in feathers and their influence on preventive conservation strategies, Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, 53:1, 44-65.

6.Pearlstein, E., and D. Lohnas, 2013, Conservation outreach materials for a tribal museum without conservators, Playing to the Galleries and Engaging New Audiences: the public face of conservation, London: Archetype Publications, 222-231.

7.Kaplan, E., Howe, E. Pearlstein, E., and Levinson, J. 2013, The Qero Project: Conservation and Science Collaboration Over Time, Postprints of the Research and Technical Studies Group, American Institute for Conservation.

8.Gleeson, M., Pearlstein, E., Marshall, B., and Riedler, R. 2012. California featherwork: considerations for examination and preservation. Museum Anthropology, 35 (2) 101–114.

9.de Alarcon , T., Ohern, R., Pearlstein, E. 2012, Case Studies in Basketry Repair: Two Abenaki Splint Baskets, Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, 51:123–143.

10.Pearlstein, E. and Gleeson, M., 2012, Developing a technical and condition database for California Native American featherwork, Sharing Conservation, Eds. Cristina D'Andrea, Ufficio Pubblicazioni Musei Vaticani, and Daniela Rullo, Gruppo Italiano dell’International Institute for Conservation (IGIIC).

11.Riedler, R., Pearlstein, E., Gleeson, M. 2012 Featherwork- Beyond decorative, Contributions to the Vienna Congress, London: Maney & Sons Publishers, S244-S249.

12.Pearlstein, E., Gleeson, M., Riedler, R., 2012, Developing a technical and condition database for California Native American featherwork, Collection Forum, 26 (Issues 1/2) 12-30.

13.Pearlstein, E., Riedler, R., Gleeson, M., Druzik, J., Pesme C., 2011, Collaborations in the study of Native California featherwork, ICOM-CC 16th Triennial Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, September 19-23, 2011, Preprints, London: James and James.

14.Pearlstein, E., Dec. 2010, ‘The Conservation of Feathers: an Introductory Workshop,’ ICOM-CC Ethnographic Newsletter (Newsletter article)

15.Pearlstein, E. and Keene, L., 2010, Evaluating Color and Fading of Red-Shafted Flicker (Colaptes auratus cafer) Feathers: Technical and Cultural Considerations, Studies in Conservation,55.

16.Pearlstein, E., 2010, Conservation and Preservation of Museum Objects, Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, Dr. Marcia J. Bates and Dr. Mary Niles Maack, editors, New York: Taylor and Francis Group LLC.

17.Pearlstein, E., 2010, Restoring Provenance to a Native American Feather Blanket, Museum Management and Curatorship, 24:2.

18.Pearlstein, E., Brostoff, L., Trentelman, K., February 2009, A Technical Study of the Rosebud Winter Count, Plains Anthropologist, 54, no. 209.

19.Pearlstein, E., Gleeson, M. 2009 Teaching Preservation of Tribal Collections in a Blended Format, International Council on Museums, Conservation Committee, Ethnographic Working Group Newsletter 30, 10-12. (Newsletter article).

20.E. Pearlstein, 2008, Collaborative Conservation Education: The UCLA/Getty Program and the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, publication of proceedings of Symposium 2007: Preserving Aboriginal Heritage – Technical and Traditional Approaches, Dignard, Carole; Helwig, Kate; Mason, Janet; Nanowin, Kathy; Stone, Thomas, eds. Canadian Conservation Institute, Ottawa, 305-310.

Grants

o 2014, Transdisciplinary Seed Grant, $ 25,000, Identification and measurement of photochemically induced amino acid changes in bird feathers as early markers of light induced degradation, co PI with Joseph Loo (UCLA), Rachel Loo (UCLA), Joy Mazurek (Getty Conservation Institute), Michael Nshanian (UCLA).

o 2014, Tulalip Tribal Council, award of $ 10,000 in expenses for UCLA/Getty student and faculty to perform conservation activities at the Hibulb Cultural Center, summer 2014

o 2013, Tulalip Tribal Council, award of $ 9800 in expenses for UCLA/Getty student and faculty to perform conservation activities at the Hibulb Cultural Center, summer 2013

o 2012, TruVue, Inc., $ 3000 to defray expenses for ANAGPIC meeting in Los Angeles, April 2013

o 2012-3, Getty Conservation Institute, UCLA Fowler Museum, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, in-kind donations for the 2013 ANAGPIC meeting in Los Angeles, April 2013.

o 2012, Transdisciplinary Seed Grant, $14,000. Identification and measurement of chemical and microstructural changes in bird feathers as early markers of light induced degradation, co-PI with Miquel García-Garibay (UCLA), Kevin McGraw (ASU), Melissa Hughs, (UCLA), James Druzik, Christel Pesme (Getty Conservation Institute).

o 2011,PI $ 206,000 for UCLA, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Conservation Education Residency.

o 2010, Co-P.I., $ 7500, UCLA Research Grant Institute of American Cultures, Protecting Cultural and Intellectual Property: The case of the Hopi tithu (ceremonial dolls), meeting held at the United Nations, NY

o 2010, P.I. $4080, UCLA Program in American Indian Studies mini-grant, Curation and Conservation for Tribal Collections, workshop held at the Getty Villa, May 2010.

o 2010, co-PI for $310,000, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for conservation internships and ANAGPIC attendance, UCLA/Getty students

o 2010, PI for $ 201,512 , NEH Preservation and Access Education and Training Grant, PE5004610 for conservation internships and ANAGPIC attendance, UCLA/Getty students

o 2010, PI for $ 13,500, Samuel H. Kress Foundation for conservation internships involving European travel or collections, for UCLA/Getty students

Awards

2009, Sheldon and Caroline Keck Award for distinguished teaching and mentoring in the field of Conservation.


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