Friday, October 4, 2013–Monday, October 20, 2014
12:30 PM–04:00 PM on Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Did you know that people who preserve and restore artwork are called art conservators? They are experienced professionals who receive extensive training in fine arts, art history, and chemistry. At the Walters, conservators examine, analyze, and treat the collections, enhancing our understanding of art and the people who created it. They also select the best materials and environments for preservation, ensuring that the artwork survives for future generations.
Conservation began at the Walters in 1934, making the museum's conservation lab one of the oldest in America. Today, there are four departments—paintings; objects; paper, rare books, and manuscripts; and science—which are known for training young professionals entering the field.
Our conservators collaborate with curators, educators, and other staff on exhibitions, research, and museum programs. They also provide expertise for national and international projects, such as training Iraqi conservators and consulting on the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Take advantage of the opportunity to talk with our conservators during our viewing times. We hope you enjoy this "behind the scenes" look at conservation work in the museum.
Learn more about conservation.
Thursday Nights at the Walters
Date: 09/05/13 - 12/18/14
Time: 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Discover how the Walters comes alive at night! Every Thursday from 5-9 p.m., you can wander the galleries, see special exhibitions for FREE, eat in our café and find the perfect gift at the museum store.
Walk-In Tour: Jacob Lawrence's Genesis Series
Time: 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
The celebrated African American artist Jacob Lawrence illustrated the biblical creation in his Genesis Series. This 1989 commission resulted in a set of eight silkscreened images in bold colors that move in an active, cinematic style, recalling the passionate sermons heard during the artist's youth. Explore these striking works of art, on loan from a private collection, during this free, docent-led tour, starting in the Centre Street lobby.
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Ikebana Floral Demonstration by Ikebana International
Time: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Held in conjunction with our special exhibition Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, this program, one in a series of three, will feature masters from Ikebana International demonstrating the art of Ikebana for a live audience. Ikebana, a traditional form of artistic expression, combines organic material, most notably flowers, and specially chosen vessels, as seen in the special exhibition, into works of art that are aesthetically unique to Japanese culture.