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CANCELED | Gallery Program: Art Conservation in the 21st Century

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In the interest of the health and safety of our visitors, guest speakers, performers, and staff, we are canceling all events through May 10. We hope to reschedule this program and will post a new date on our website as soon as it’s set. 

Please review other precautionary measures the museum is taking due to COVID-19.

Join museum staff, including members of the Department of Conservation and Science, for a series of pop-up talks, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences. Consider the ways that scientific investigations into the collection and its preservation are evolving in response to issues of today and of the future. 

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Conservation technician Christopher Brooks leads an interactive demonstration about frame conservation. Photo by Alice Feldt.

ONGOING ACTIVITIES 
Drop-in 5:30–7:30 

Is Your Home Video a Work of Art?*
Griffin Court  
Join drop-in conversations about how analog media formats (and the memories they hold) are preserved. 

*Bring Your Own Media!
Visitors are invited to dust off their home videos and bring them to the Art Institute to see them again at one of our viewing stations. Stations will be set up for VHS and MiniDV viewing.

Looking at Photographs
Griffin Court  
Delve into the diversity of photographic processes and find out about the key characteristics and identifying features of photographs.

Common Threads: Ancient Weaving to Modern Technology
Gallery 136  
Explore weave drafts as a form of binary code. Try your hand at weaving by decoding a draft based on textiles from the collection.

Creative Response: The Color Of Lake Michigan
Gallery 135 
What will Lake Michigan look like in 100 years? Uncover stories about climate change and the ways art can help us reflect on the impact we have on nature. 

20-MINUTE GALLERY TALKS 

All talks meet in the galleries noted below, located on the first floor of the museum. Staff are available to answer questions in between talks. 

5:30–5:50 Select one of the following talks to attend:

  • Skin and Gender: Shifting Identity in a Chinese Bodhisattva
    Gallery 101A 
    Discover how the look of a Buddhist deity morphed over a 1,000 years, complicating conservation decisions today. 
  • The Colors of the Ancient Greek and Roman World
    Gallery 154
    Explore the original appearance of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture and discuss recent findings in ancient color.

6:00–6:20 Select one of the following talks to attend:

  • Science and Symbolism: Ritual Materials in African Art
    Gallery 137
    Learn about cutting-edge technologies used in the study of objects from different African cultures and the analytical and ethical challenges they present. 

  • Malangatana’s Conservation Stories
    Gallery 182
    Learn about Malangatana’s conservation story and its journey to the Art Institute.

6:30–6:50 Select one of the following talks to attend: 

  • Skin and Gender: Shifting Identity in a Chinese Bodhisattva
    Gallery 101A
    Discover how the look of a Buddhist deity morphed over a 1,000 years, complicating conservation decisions today.

  • The Colors of the Ancient Greek and Roman World
    Gallery 154
    Explore the original appearance of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture and discuss recent findings in ancient color.

7:00–7:20 Select one of the following talks to attend: 

  • Science and Symbolism: Ritual Materials in African Art
    Gallery 137
    Learn about cutting-edge technologies used in the study of objects from different African cultures and the analytical and ethical challenges they present. 
  • Malangatana’s Conservation Stories
    Gallery 182
    Learn about Malangatana’s conservation story and its journey to the Art Institute.

Persons with disabilities who would like to request an accessibility accommodation for an Art Institute program are encouraged to send an email to access@artic.edu two weeks in advance of the program. 

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Support for public programs is provided in part by the Woman’s Board of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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