On Wednesday (May 27th), after closing the store, the entire HPI staff headed off to The Getty for a panel on 40+ years with Gemini G.E.L. But before that started, we were able to have a tour of the conservation floors with Lynne Kaneshiro. Lynne first took us to the paintings conservation room where Sue Ann gave us some insights on her latest projects with paintings on wood and the different issues they have to consider in working on conserving them. One thing we noted about the paintings conservation area..what a great view they have! Afterwards, Lynne showed us to her area downstairs which seemed to be divided into even more sections; prints, storage, library, paper, manuscripts, and more. It was something like coming out of a sci-fi area, with all the security and lab-like environment, definitely felt a bit top-secret. And of course, informative, as Lynne showed us how our Japanese tissue paper (such as the hinging paper) is used in piecing together the art and manuscript work.
After our sushi break out in the breezy mountain-view dining area (same as where our AIC opening reception was held!), we were off to the Gemini G.E.L. panel, which was sold-out(or reserved-out?). The setup was like that of a talk-show, with a host bringing up topics that summarize briefly the history of Gemini through antidotes and slideshow. The guests and topic of the show being Gemini cofounders Sidney Felsen and Stanley Grinstein, and artists John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha. There were some microphone issues that actually created a more intimate atmosphere, like we were watching in on the conversation between longtime pals. I actually have just begun learning about these artists and their works through Hiromi Paper, so it was exciting to get some background knowledge straight from these four great figures in the art and printmaking world.