Conservator applies varnish to canvas painting

Art History Class: The Life of Objects

CMOA Theater

General $50, Student $30, Member $40


This class takes place on two consecutive Wednesdays September 14—21, 2016 from 10:15 am—12:15 pm and meets in the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater.

Conservators are crucial: they restore and maintain CMOA’s irreplaceable artworks. Their skills bridge art and science, as they apply the latest scientific treatments to objects often hundreds of years old. Get a behind the scenes look at their work and visit the conservation lab! After the popular response to our Conservation Conversation with Ellen Baxter, who treats and maintains our paintings and 2-D art, meet 3-D objects conservator Michael Belman. From plaster to wood, from steel to glass, from the smallest tea cup to the largest sculpture, Belman has cared for it all.

Michael presents a series of case studies of ground-breaking conservation treatments and technical examinations on high-profile art objects, including a Renaissance-era portrait bust of Lorenzo de’Medici (Il Magnifico), Alexander Calder’s last and largest mobile, and the treatment of the CMOA’s monumental Pic Nic suite of painted furniture.