Schnitzer hosts free conservation symposium
Is all art worth saving? What is the role of museums and art conservators in preserving it?
Questions like those will be explored from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday when the University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art hosts Conservation Symposium Northwest 2008.
The keynote speaker will be Brian Considine, senior conservator of decorative arts and sculptures at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. He will present "The Conservation of Modern Outdoor Sculpture: A Case Study of the Stark Collection at the J. Paul Getty Museum."
The free symposium, entitled "Preserve or Let Perish: Some Challenges in the Conservation of Contemporary Art," is targeted to conservators, museum and public art professionals, collectors and others interested in conservation issues.
Moderators will be professor of landscape architecture Robert Melnick and Eugene art collector David Hilton.
In "3-D: Books From the Black Lagoon," Susan Lunas, a Eugene-based book and paper conservator, will explain why books fall apart and the ethics of whether and how they should be repaired.
In "Ephemeral Art: The Nemesis of Conservation," Jan Cavanaugh, a painting conservator in Portland, will explore what she sees as the mission of art conservation as the preservation of "cultural property" and the disconnect between the trend in contemporary art that favors the use of unconventional perishable matter, ephemera and rapidly evolving but soon to be obsolete technologies.
In "Materials Matter: Challenges in the Fabrication and Conservation of Public Art," Marie Laibinis-Craft, an objects conservator in Portland, will review some of the challenges conservators face in preserving outdoor public art. She will talk about how public agencies can include conservators in the design and construction phase of commissioning new pieces to anticipate maintenance cost and avoid problems.
Register in advance with Sharon Kaplan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 346-0968.
Mixed-media work being shown at LCC gallery
"Ten Reasons Whya..," a body of work by New Mexico artist Cristina Clarimon, is on exhibit at the Lane Community College Art Department Gallery through Nov. 13.
The show consists of mixed media work that stems from a collage format. Clarimon says the collection represents "loose pages of this fragmentary story."
"There are commonalities among them. Perhaps there's even a subtle thread running through all of them, but each one is self-contained," she said. "They could be seen as items in a ledger or a diary. Moments that have already come to pass and have somehow tweaked the direction of my life. They are not literal descriptions of such events, but rather metaphors."
Art dolls and puppets on exhibit at Art of Glass
Candice Westbergs' sculpted jesters, art dolls and rod puppets will be on display through November at the Art of Glass, 790 Blair Blvd.
A Halloween opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday will offer free refreshments, a costume contest and the opportunity to chat with the artist about her work.
Fiber art and more: other exhibits
Other shows to check out:
"Dancing Hands," an exhibit of fiber art at the Springfield Museum, 590 Main St., Springfield, includes work by artists from Oregon and Washington. A reception will be held Nov. 14.
Also, work by Carolyn Osborne-Sommer, Derrick Wayne Mitchell, Marlis Badalich and Kristie Konz will be featured at the Museum of Unfine Art, 537 Willamette St., with a reception Friday.