OK…you are an art conservator… What do you do with Degas’ Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer?
For more on this work, visit the Met’s site.
Read anything you can by Philip Kennicott, art critic for The Washington Post. Here he writes about how one might visit an art museum…and really get something out of it!
The series of short articles is about “getting the most” out of your visits to a museum, theatre, dance performance, even a movie. They are all worth reading. If you just want to read Kennicott, scroll down to the Mondrian glasses.
Everyone should have access to art museums. But what if you cannot see?
Read about this here.
Read more here.
Students from ARTH 317: Laboratory in Museum Studies, are curating an exhibition on the work of Margaret Sutton (1905-90), New York artist and 1926 graduate of Mary Washington. Opening is April 19, 2017.
by Ellen Gamerman, Wall Street Journal, Updated Oct. 23, 2014
A new trend in art conservation has conservators working in public places…not in the conservation lab, but in galleries where the public may watch. Is this good for the art? “The public” aren’t wearing lab coats, nor are they always in small groups (more people = more humidity = more damage to works of art). One could also ask, Is it good for the public? Chemicals are (sometimes) involved in conservation. Here is an article from The New York Times that provides interesting background.
How does a museum plan for a massive flood? The Louvre has had to face a potentially devastating flood this summer. Their decision to close to the public while staff prepared the collection for removal to higher levels was necessary.
This is a fascinating article and series of short videos about how American museums are now collecting work by 20th- and 21st-c. African-American artists.
A quote from the article: “There was a joke for a long time that if you went into a museum, you’d think America had only two black artists — Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden — and even then, you wouldn’t see very much,” said Lowery Stokes Sims, the first African-American curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and later the president of the Studio Museum in Harlem. “I think there is a sea change finally happening. It’s not happening everywhere, and there’s still a long way to go, but there’s momentum.”