Great works of art are often thought of as static and unchanging, transmitting a frozen snapshot of their era to subsequent generations. In reality, iconic masterpieces are constantly in flux, transforming as a result of environmental conditions, material dissolution, or human intervention. This is as true of 16th-century Renaissance frescoes as it is of 20th-century modernist canvases.
For the next six months, the Museum of Contemporary Art, in conjunction with the Getty Conservation Institute, will be overseeing a conservation of one of the cornerstones of their collection, Jackson Pollock’s “Number 1, 1949.” Unlike most restorations that take place in studios and labs, this will be conducted in a public gallery, with the conservator Chris Stavroudis working on select Thursdays. Throughout the exhibition, visitors will be able to see the painting painstakingly brought closer to its original state, as decades of dust, smoke damage, and paint instability are dealt with. This Sunday, Stavroudis and curator Anna Katz will discuss his process in general and the challenges specific to the Pollock.
When: Sunday, March 18, 3pm
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Grand Ave.) (250 South Grand Ave., Downtown, Los Angeles,)
More info at MOCA.