Washburn University’s Mulvane Art Museum has launched an exhibit and fundraising program designed to highlight some works from the permanent collection which rarely go on view to the public because they are “most in need of conservation,” according to the museum staff.
The artworks in the exhibit – “Endangered Art: A Reprise” -- represent some of the finest works in the Mulvane’s collection, according to Rebecca Manning, the museum’s collections manager. However, they need cleaning, framing and other conservation in order to preserve them for posterity. As part of the exhibit, a fine art conservator assessed each of the works to determine the exact services needed.
“Last year we had an exhibit of 27 artworks from the Mulvane’s permanent collection that were similarly in need of conservation,” Manning said. “That exhibit helped raise the funding needed to restore a number of paintings of great historical and aesthetic value and we wanted to continue that work this year.
Image: David Johnson, Catskill Mountains, 1848, oil on panel, MAM permanent collection
“This ‘reprise’ highlights some additional works of art and also shows behind-the-scenes documentation of the conservation process as well as the results of the restoration done after the previous exhibit,” Manning said. “The transformation from their earlier state is dramatic, and the restoration provided some new research on the paintings at the same time.”
The Mulvane Art Museum has always worked to provide community members with educational opportunities and this exhibit helps provide the chance for creative and critical thinking about art while showing the ways science can help preserve endangered artworks.
“Endangered Art engages the community on a personal level, allowing visitors and members of the Washburn community to feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for the artworks being preserved,” Manning said. “The work is only possible through the generosity of local donors and we want to showcase the results of their commitment to this work.”
The Mulvane Art Museum is open Tuesday, 10 am to 7 pm; Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 1 to 4 pm; and closed on Sunday & Monday. The museum is free and open to the public.
Learn more about "Endangered Art" and other exhibits at the Mulvane Art Museum
The Mulvane Art Museum is located at 17th and Jewell Streets on the campus of Washburn University. “Endangered Art: A Reprise” is currently open and runs through September 28, 2019 in the Second Level South Gallery in the Mulvane Art Museum.
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