Conserving a Masterpiece: Leon Polk Smith

  • 2:00 PM

Online via Zoom

Experience the #MuseumFromHome

This Saturday, Chief Curator Joyce Tsai will look at Center Columns, Blue Red (1946) by Leon Polk Smith. It was one of the first abstract paintings the artist made after moving to New York from Oklahoma, during which time he experimented with new techniques and materials. The approaches and materials used in this piece led to unstable layers of paint. Thanks to the support of the Rosazza family, the Stanley was able to send the painting to be treated by the Midwest Art Conservation Center. Learn more about the artist and what it took to conserve this masterpiece.

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Saturdays at the Stanley brings the museum’s collection to audiences in a casual, fun, and interactive atmosphere. Each event has a theme that looks at our artwork from a different perspective. Curators lead visitors through a selection of works, share stories about the artists and subject matter, and open the discussion up to the audience. We invite visitors of all ages to participate in these conversations and get (re)acquainted with our collection as we look forward to the opening of our new building! 

2019-2020 Saturdays at the Stanley events are sponsored in part by Little Village.

Cost: Free and open to all


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