American Treasures Talk and Tour: Re-Making LOVE: Restoring and American Icon

August 12, 2013
Monday, 2 p.m.
Farnsworth Main Lobby
As part of the museum’s 65th anniversary celebration, Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture has undergone a complete restoration by sculpture conservator Paul Amaral of Amaral Custom Fabrications, Inc. of Bristol, Rhode Island. This presentation will include an introduction by Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky on the evolution of Indiana’s many LOVE works, followed by a step-by-step discussion of how the sculpture was treated. Assessing the condition of the sculpture, determining how safely to remove the existing paint, deciding on the basis of chemical analysis what kind of paint is best suited for repainting the sculpture, matching the color, determining how the sculpture should be painted, and then outlining a program for ongoing care for LOVE are all part of the carefully articulated and carefully executed process for restoring one of the best known examples of American art. 
This talk and tour will be led by Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky and Michael K. Komanecky and Paul Amaral, Amaral Custom Fabrications, Inc.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Farnsworth Collection

To celebrate the American Treasures exhibitions, museum staff will give focused mini-lectures on specific works of art to highlight their importance in the museum collection. These programs will begin with a brief 20-minute PowerPoint presentation in the museum auditorium, followed by a tour in the American Treasures gallery where the featured work is on display. The PowerPoint will include images of related works and provide context for their creation.

These tours are free with admission and there are no advance reservations. Please check in at the main lobby admission desk on the day of the talk.


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