Member Program: Wet Cleaning Treatments

Woman wearing a lab coat and a face mask stands over a table with an embroidered textile on it.
Associate Conservator Gennifer Majors in the lab. Photo by William Atkins/the George Washington University.


Cleaning museum-quality textiles isn't the same as doing your household laundry. Learn more about the science behind professional wet cleaning treatments with Gennifer Majors and Maria Fusco from the museum’s textile conservation team.

About Gennifer Majors

Gennifer Majors joined the museum in 2019 as an associate conservator. She holds a master's in textile conservation from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Majors has held internship, fellowship and contract positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's University in Canada, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Shelburne Museum in Vermont.

About Maria Fusco

Maria Fusco has been the museum's chief conservator and Margaret Wing Dodge Chair in Conservation since 2016, following five years as associate conservator. She has a master’s degree in textile conservation from the University of Southampton and has worked as a conservator at institutions in New York and Denmark. She completed fellowships at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art.

How to Participate

This program is for museum members and will take place on Zoom. If you are already a member, please register online, and we will email you the Zoom link and instructions. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT). If you are not currently a member, you can join or renew online.

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