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CANCELLED: Conversation: Cleaner and Greener—Conserving the Lions of Michigan Avenue

Dec 8 | 6:00–7:00



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Unfortunately, due to unforeseen issues that have affected our speakers’ availability, this conversation has been canceled. 

We hope to reschedule the program for early next year.

In-situ view of Edward Kemeys, Lion ((One of a Pair, South Pedestal), 1893 and the museum facade

Join Rachel Sabino, director of Objects and Textiles Conservation, and Sarah Kelly Oehler, Field-McCormick Chair and Curator of Arts of the Americas, as they discuss the recent conservation of the Michigan Avenue lions.

The museum’s lions have been a fixture of Michigan Avenue since 1894, but years of exposure to the elements had altered their appearance. This summer, for the first time in decades, they were removed from their pedestals for extensive conservation. From a steam-cleaning to a new wax coating, the conservation team will discuss how they worked to ensure that the lions will watch over Michigan Avenue for years to come.


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