Dawn V. Rogala

Conservator / Program Manager

 

Phone: 301-238-1255
Fax: 301-238-3709
E-mail Address: RogalaD [at] si.edu

Address:
Museum Conservation Institute
Smithsonian Institution
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746


Education

Ph.D. University of Delaware (2014)
M.A./C.A.S. Buffalo State College, State University of New York (2006)
B.F.A. Boston University (1989)

Research Specialties, Interests, and Responsibilities

The conservation, technical analysis, and protection of cultural heritage.

Provenance research and anti-trafficking initiatives.

Projects that facilitate the better understanding and preservation of modern paintings and modern art materials in the collections of the Smithsonian and affiliated institutions.

Selected Research Activities

Analytical examination of mid-20th century paintings in Smithsonian collections and the relationship between the presence of zinc oxide oil paint and related condition problems. (Analytical research performed at the Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution, and at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.)

Literature review of industrial research related to paint failure observed in zinc oxide-containing house paint. (Archival research performed through the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.)

Research identifying the late-career materials of Abstract Expressionist painter and teacher Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) and examining relationships among the artist’s materials, his signature painting style, and the physical and aging characteristics of his paintings. (Analytical and archival research performed at the Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art.)

Professional Activities

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (Fellow; Education and Training Committee member), International Council of Museums-Committee for Conservation, International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (Fellow), International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art, Washington Conservation Guild; service on various grant panels and committees.

Books -- Author

Rogala, Dawn V., 2016. Hans Hofmann: The Artist’s Materials. Los Angeles, CA: Getty Conservation Institute.

Books -- Editor

Rogala, Dawn V., Paula T. DePriest, A. Elena Charola, and Robert J. Koestler (eds.) 2019 (projected). The Mechanics of Art Materials and its Future in Heritage Science. Submitted to the Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press for consideration as part of the Smithsonian Contributions to Museum Conservation series.

Selected Book Chapters, Journal Articles, and Papers

Rogala, Dawn V., 2019 (projected). “Mechanical Materials Research at the Smithsonian Institution.” Submitted as part of The Mechanics of Art Materials and its Future in Heritage Science, edited by Dawn V. Rogala et al. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press.

Rogala, Dawn V., 2019 (projected). “Would You Like that With or Without Mayo? How Interdisciplinary Collaboration Slows the Spread of Popular Misconceptions in Modern Art Scholarship.” In The Explicit Material: Material and Object Inquiries on the Intersection of Academic, Curatorial and Conservation Cultures, edited by Hanna Hölling, Francesca Bewer and Katharina Ammann. Brill’s Studies in Art & Materiality. In press.

Rogala, Dawn V., 2018 “Everything Old is New Again: Revisiting a Historical Symposium on Zinc Oxide Oil Paint Films.” In Metal Soaps in Art: Conservation and Research, edited by Francesca Casadio et al., 317-330. Amsterdam and Amersfoort: Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency.

Rogala, Dawn V., 2015. “Creation of the Mecklenburg Materials Archive at the Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution.” Poster abstract. Paintings Speciality Group postprints, 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Conservation, held in Miami, Florida on May 13-16, 2015. Electronic publication.

Rogala, Dawn V., 2014. “Hans Hofmann’s Last Lesson: A Study of the Artist’s Materials in the Last Decade of His Career.” In Issues in Contemporary Oil Paint, edited by Klaas Jan van den Berg et al., 127-48. Amsterdam and Amersfoort: Netherlands Cultural HeritageAgency.

Rogala, Dawn V. 2014. “Hans Hofmann’s Last Lesson: A Study of the Artist's Materials During the Last Decade of His Career.” Paintings Specialty Group postprints, 41st Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Conservation, held in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 29-June 1, 2013. Electronic publication.

Rogala, Dawn V., 2012. “Industrial Literature as a Resource in Modern Materials Conservation: Zinc Oxide House Paint as a Case Study.” Paintings Specialty Group postprints, 39th Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Conservation, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 31-June 3, 2011. Electronic publication.

Maines, Christopher, Dawn Rogala, Susan F. C. Lake, and Marion F. Mecklenburg. 2011. “Deterioration in Abstract Expressionist Paintings: Analysis of Zinc Oxide Paint Layers in Works from the Collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution.” In Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology IX: Symposium Held November 29–December 3, 2010, Boston, Massachusetts, edited by Pamela B. Vandiver et al., 275–86. Pittsburgh: Materials Research Society.

Rogala, Dawn, Susan F. C. Lake, Christopher Maines, and Marion F. Mecklenburg. 2010. “Condition Problems Related to Zinc Oxide Underlayers: Examination of Selected Abstract Expressionist Paintings from the Collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution.” Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 49 (2): 96–113.

Rogala, Dawn V., Christopher Maines, and Marion F. Mecklenburg, 2010. “A Closer Look: Condition Issues in Abstract Expressionist Ground Layers.” Paintings Specialty Group postprints, 37th Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Conservation, held in Los Angeles, California on May 19-22, 2009. Electronic publication.

Selected Public Lectures, Seminars, and Conference Presentations

2017. “Working with law enforcement and legal counsel as a subject matter expert in cultural heritage cases.” Protecting the World’s Cultural Heritage: Identifying and Protecting Looted Artifacts anti-trafficking panel discussion, 45th Annual Meeting, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

2017. Demonstration. Heritage Emergency and Response Training. Heritage Emergency Task Force workshop. Smithsonian Institution and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

2017. “Hans Hofmann's Last Lesson: A Study of the Artist's Materials During the Last Decade of His Career.” Guest speaker series, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota.

2017. “Revisiting a Conservator’s Journey: Embracing the Rashomon Effect in Materials Research.” Roy W. Tess Award Session, 254th Annual Meeting, American Chemical Society.

2016. “Hans Hofmann's Last Lesson: A Study of the Artist's Materials During the Last Decade of His Career.” American Center for Mongolia Studies guest speaker series, Fine Arts Museum Zanabazar, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

2016. “Learning to Look: A Conservator’s Introduction to Looking at Paintings.” Mary Saunders Leech Lecture in Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas.

2016. Rogala, Dawn V. and Christopher A. Maines. “The Unusual Behavior of Zinc Soaps in Mid-20th-Century Paint Films.” Poster, Metal Soaps in Art. Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science.

2016. “Would You Like That With or Without Mayo?: How Interdisciplinary Collaboration Slows the Spread of Popular Misconceptions in Modern Art Scholarship.” The Explicit Material: On the Intersections of Cultures of Curation and Conservation session, 104th Annual Conference, College Art Association.

2015. Rogala, Dawn V. and Gwénaëlle M.C. Kavich. “Creation of the Mecklenburg Materials Archive at the Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution.” Poster, 43rd Annual Meeting, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

2014. “Mind the Gap: Recognizing the Material Legacy of Transitional Art Practice.” Authenticity in Transition: Changing Practices in Contemporary Art Making and Conservation. The Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art Research, University of Glasgow, and Glasgow School of Art.

2013. “Hans Hofmann's Last Lesson: A Study of the Artist's Materials During the Last Decade of His Career.” Paintings Specialty Group, 41st Annual Meeting, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

2013: “Hans Hofmann's Last Lesson: A Study of the Artist's Materials During the Last Decade of His Career” and “In Defense of Technical Studies.” Posters, Issues in Contemporary Oil Paint. Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency.

2011. “Industrial Literature as a Resource in Modern Materials Conservation: Zinc Oxide House Paint as a Case Study.” From Can to Canvas: Early uses of house paints by Picasso and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th century. Art Institute of Chicago, Interregional Centre for Heritage Preservation and Restoration (Marseille), and Musée Picasso.

2011. “Industrial Literature as a Resource in Modern Materials Conservation: Zinc Oxide House Paint as a Case Study.” Paintings Specialty Group, 39th Annual Meeting, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

2010. Maines, Christopher A., Dawn V. Rogala, Susan F.C. Lake, and Marion F. Mecklenburg. “Deterioration in Abstract Expressionist Paintings: Analysis of Zinc Oxide Paint Layers in Works from the Collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution.” Materials Research Society, Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology IX session, Fall MRS Meeting.

2010. Rogala, Dawn V., Susan F .C. Lake, Christopher A. Maines, and Marion F. Mecklenburg.  “Condition Issues in Abstract Expressionist Ground Layers.” Contemporary Art: Who Cares? Research and practices in contemporary art conservation. Poster, Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage, Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art in the Netherlands, and University of Amsterdam.

2009.Rogala, Dawn V., Susan F.C. Lake, Christopher A. Maines, and Marion F. Mecklenburg.  “A Closer Look: Condition Issues in Abstract Expressionist Ground Layers.” Paintings Specialty Group, 37th Annual Meeting, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.