Reception - Endangered Art: A Reprise

September 06, 2019
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Mulvane Art Museum - 2nd level, South Gallery
Join us at the Mulvane Art Museum for beverages and hors d'oeuvres on the first Friday of September for the Endangered Art: A Reprise reception. On February 1, 2018, the Mulvane Art Museum concurrently launched an exhibition and fundraising project titled Endangered Art. Curatorial staff selected works from the Museum’s permanent collection identified as “most in need of conservation,” to be incorporated in a rare exhibit (February 2, 2018- July 14, 2018) providing an opportunity for the public to see twenty-seven paintings that do not typically go on view because they are in need of conservation, cleaning, and framing. In this process, Mulvane curatorial staff engaged a fine art conservator to assess the selected/exhibited paintings and is currently working to raise the necessary funds to conserve artworks from the permanent collection that require conservation care. The project has funded the conservation of seven artworks to date.

Endangered Art: A Reprise features artworks from the permanent collection that are in need of conservation that were not included in our initial exhibition. Further, it demonstrates the dramatic transformation of our recently conserved paintings. Incorporating behind the scenes documentation of the conservation process, and presenting new research generated as a result, this exhibition serves to fulfill the Mulvane Art Museum’s mission, “to provide members of our community a museum where they can learn to think independently and critically about art,” and intersects with Washburn University’s 2022 Strategic Plan to continue educational programs “firmly rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, emphasizing creative and critical thinking.” The generated research and correlated programming for this project provide insights into the field of art conservation and underscore Endangered Art’s interdisciplinary scope—utilizing science and technology.

This comprehensive endeavor is an effort in transparency— designed to acknowledge the poor condition of these paintings and further educate an intellectually and financially engaged public on the historical and aesthetic value of artworks held in the Mulvane’s permanent collection. Endangered Art engages the community on a personal level, and offers an opportunity for visitors and members of Washburn University to feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for the artworks as they receive conservation. This exhibition is made possible by the generosity of local donors.