The Visual Art Gallery highlights the important contributions of American artists of African descent through a historic and thematic lens. The exhibition explores subjects such as religion and spirituality, identity, struggle and protest, and history and heritage. The exhibition also represents the wide range of styles, media, and movements that African American artists have utilized to express themselves visually.
Jia-sun examines artworks, performs major treatment with the assistance of contractors and interns and fellows and the advice of MCI scientists Dr. Jeff Speakman, Nicole Little, Jennifer Giaccai, Dr. E. Keats Webb, Dr. Gwenaelle Kavich, Dr. Thomas Lam, and Janet G. Douglas. She provides preventive care including for paintings in display and transit in collaboration with designers and museum specialists at NMAAHC for the Visual Art Gallery exhibitions and the related safe and sustantiable transport, handling, and hanging matters.
Romano, Christine, Thomas Lam, Christopher A. Maines, and Jia-sun Tsang. 2020. Preserving the Legacy of an Artist and Conservator: Technical Study of Paintings by Felrath Hines in the Collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 60: 32-49.
Romano, Christine, Thomas Lam, and Jia-sun Tsang. 2021 Technical Study and Treatment of Paintings by Clementine Hunter, AIC Paintings Specialty Group Postprints 32, pp. 1-11.
Romano, Christine, Thomas Lam, and Jia-sun Tsang. 2021. Conserving a Conservator's paintings: Study and Preventive Care of Paintings by Felrath Hines, AIC Paintings Specialty Group Postprints 32, pp. 125-130.