Nationally-recognized painting conservator Richard White and Ogden Museum Curator David Houston present a talk titled Conserving a Culture: Post-Katrina New Orleans at the Knoxville Museum of Art on Sunday, February 1, 2009.Each discuss their involvement with post-Katrina artwork restorations. Houston and Wright worked on paintings from a damaged storage room and will discuss the difficulty of logistics, transportation and storage in a damaged infrastructure; the problems associated with water and mold, and the process of analysis and treatment of paintings which comes out of a dialogue between the curator and the conservator.This program is presented in collaboration with the University of Tennessee, Ewing Gallery and the exhibit Before and After Katrina: The Photography Collections of the Ogden Museum on exhibit at the UT Ewing Gallery from February 3-March 1, 2009. On view will be a selection of over 50 photographs from this New Orleans museum’s collection. Included will be works by noted photographers Walker Evans, William Eggleston, William Christenberry, and Eudory Welty.
The Knoxville Museum of Art collects, exhibits, and interprets outstanding works by artists of regional, national, and international significance; provides diverse audiences with opportunities for learning and personal growth; and serves as a community gathering and celebration place. The museum is strongly committed to providing experiences that enable people to enjoy and value the visual arts as an expression of the best of a civilized society. The KMA’s landmark facility, designed by renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes and opened to the public in 1990, overlooks World’s Fair Park in downtown Knoxville. For more on the museum and its exhibitions and other programs, go to www.knoxart.org.