Installation view of Lyndon Barrois Jr., Guardians Gate (Farfanicchio) (left), 2022, wood, latex paint, antique brass elements, cast iron, oil paint, twigs, brass, burlap, packing felt, and Masters of Fine Arts (right), 2011/2022, oil on canvas, artist frame, solvent transfer, plywood, curtains, frames, lights, easels, conservators coat, headlamp; dimensions variable

Lyndon Barrois Jr.: Rosette

Forum Gallery

Forum 86

Driven by his interest in the relationship between a thing and its representation, Pittsburgh-based artist Lyndon Barrois Jr. (b. 1983 in New Orleans, LA) presents an exhibition of new works using the visual language of Hollywood—film stills, posters, sets, and props—to explore the heist genre and the overlapping acts of art conservation and forgery. Barrois asks, “How can the preservation of a thing lead to it being replaced with its simulation?” The protagonists of the filmic narrative Barrois tells in the form of an exhibition are two museum conservators—who may or may not be forgers—engaged in a dialogue about “doubles.” Interweaving a wide range of references from the epic conservation efforts of Da Vinci’s Last Supper to the folkloric tales of changelings, the exhibition stages a conservation lab in which sculptural replicas and material samples point to a larger story about the motivation of the conspiring conservators. This exhibition is accompanied by public conversations about the work of conservation as a way to open up how a museum learns and transforms by engaging with art and artists.

Lyndon Barrois Jr.: Rosette is organized by Liz Park, Richard Armstrong Curator of Contemporary Art.

About Carnegie Museum of Art’s Forum series:

Carnegie Museum of Art’s Forum series invites living artists to deepen their relationship to and understanding of the museum and expand their practice through a commission or new presentation of existing works.

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Carnegie Museum of Art is supported by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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