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

Saturday, Apr 1 | 2:00–3:00



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

Join conservator Andrzej Dajnowski from Conservation of Sculpture and Objects Studio, 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 altered their appearance. Last summer, for the first time in decades, they were removed from their pedestals for extensive conservation. From steam-cleaning to wax-coating, learn what was done to ensure that the lions will watch over Michigan Avenue for years to come.

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