Triage to Treatment: Conserving Malangatana for the future
Icon Paintings Group
To: Wednesday 17.02.21
£4 – £6
Presenting Art outside the sphere of the Western European tradition given by conservators from The Art Institute of Chicago
About this Event
In November 2019, 10 paintings travelled from Maputo, Mozambique to the Art Institute of Chicago, where they formed the backbone in Malangatana: Mozambique Modern, a solo exhibition devoted to the contemporary African artist and revolutionary, Malangatana Valente Ngwenya (1936–2011). Three Art Institute of Chicago paintings conservators will share the experience of traveling to Mozambique to prepare the works for loan, as well as examining, treating, and framing these bold and impactful paintings in Chicago. The unique, collaborative effort not only ensured the longevity of the artworks for years to come, but added important insights to the technical study of this modern African painter.
Allison Langley is Director of Paintings and Frames Conservation at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she oversees a department staffed with 5 paintings conservators and 3 frames conservators who work on a wide-range of artworks in the collection and on loan to the museum. Since joining the Art Institute in 2002, Allison’s conservation treatments and research projects have focused primarily on modern paintings, and she has published and lectured on the artworks of Rothko, Picasso, Braque and Modigliani amongst others. Prior to arriving in Chicago, she worked for three years at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC as the Leisher Fellow in Modern Paintings Conservation. She holds a Master's Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings from the Courtauld Institute of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas in Austin.
Katrina Rush is a Paintings Conservator at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she cares for works in the Modern and Contemporary Collection. Katrina earned a B.A. in chemistry and studio art from Boston’s Emmanuel College and an M.A in Art Conservation from Buffalo State, The State University of New York. During her graduate studies, Katrina gained experience treating modern paintings during a 12-month internship at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. From 2009-2019 Katrina held advancing positions at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, and also published multiple scholarly papers and coordinated two major symposia related to technical research on artists’ materials and methods. Katrina is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation and has served as Chair of the Paintings Specialty Group.
Julie Simek has been with the Art Institute of Chicago since 2004 and is a Paintings Conservator with a specialization in European paintings pre-1900. Some of her notable projects include the treatments of a carved and painted chest by Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard and the Ayala Altarpiece, a monumental project that took 3 1/2 years from start to installation. Julie received a M.A in Art Conservation from Buffalo State, The State University of New York. Julie furthered her experience both nationally and internationally through positions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY, Tate London, and in private practice.