This is an exhibition catalogue produced by two seminars devoted to the study and restoration of selected pieces from the large collection of plaster casts of ancient sculpture owned by the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology and the Department of Classics of the University of California, Berkeley.
Because of lack of space and funding, the casts have languished for decades in storage, often in destructive conditions. The seminars learned and practiced restoration techniques, created displays, informative labels, and this catalogue. In addition to a catalogue of 18 items, this booklet contains brief essays on the history of this collection, the history of plaster cast collections, the use of such casts in American education, plaster casts in antiquity, and the conservation of plaster casts.
The catalogue was edited by Stephen G.Miller and designed by Erin Dintino. The authors of the elements of this catalogue are Jose Abrigo, Mont Allen, Nathan T. Arrington, Raina Chao, Marcia Devoe, Erin Dintino, Megan DuBois, Rebecca Karberg, Stephen G. Miller, Stephanie K. Pearson, J. M. Rygorsky, Boaz Zissu.