Haitian conservation assistants in residence at IPCH

Racine Joseph (L) and Erntz Jeudy (R) surface cleaning a painting by Haitian artist Louis Rigaud
December 2, 2014

Two Haitian conservation assistants, Erntz Jeudy and Racine Joseph, have been hosted as interns at Yale’s IPCH since November 2, 2014. Both are working with Matthew Cushman, IPCH Conservator, on the examination and conservation treatment of a collection of fifteen 19th-century portraits of Haitian heads of state in the context of a training initiative which is carried out in close partnership with the Smithsonian Institution.  The portraits conserved here were painted by the Haitian artist Louis Rigaud and are in the collection of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. The conservation treatments and training are being undertaken in the conservation studios of both the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery.