“The Conservation of Paintings: Historical and Technical Discoveries”
Presented by Painting Conservator & Art Historian Barry Bauman
Hosted by General Lew Wallace Study and Museum
Free and open to the public
Is it true that a painting conservator is also a detective? According to acclaimed conservator and art historian Barry Bauman, every painting has its secrets. During his 46 years of experience treating and analyzing damaged paintings, he has uncovered many of them—lost signatures, hidden dates, and entire paintings hidden beneath other works. Two of his discoveries were so phenomenal they landed on the front page of The New York Times.
Those who attend his upcoming presentation “The Conservation of Paintings: Historical and Technical Discoveries,” on Thursday, September 30th, 7:00pm, will share in the joy of some of his most remarkable discoveries. Hosted by the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum, this event will be held at the St. John’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall. It is free and open to the general public.
Bauman’s discoveries lecture has been one of his most popular, especially for a museum or college audience, where majors in art, art history, chemistry, physics, history, and museum studies all overlap with conservation concerns. Most students and individuals are not aware of the conservation field and the rewards it has to offer. At the beginning of his career, Barry Bauman worked for eleven years at the Art Institute of Chicago, departing as the Associate Conservator of Paintings. He then founded and directed the Chicago Conservation Center, which for 20 years, was the largest conservation facility in the nation.
In 2004, Bauman left the private sector to establish Bauman Conservation, America’s first conservation laboratory dedicated to offering complimentary services to museums and nonprofit organizations. When he closed Bauman Conservation in 2018, it was estimated he had contributed more than $6,000,000 in conservation services to museums and nonprofits. In August, 2019, Barry Bauman opened Conservation Ventures (ConservationVentures.org), a company that focuses on presentations and CAP grants to assist museums with recommendations and priorities for long-range collection care. Bauman is an Elected Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation.