Claire Barry, director of conservation at the Kimbell Art Museum, will present a lecture entitled From Picasso to Poussin: Preserving the Kimbell for Future Generations as part of the museum’s Art in Context series, on Wednesday, December 5, at 12:30 p.m., in the museum auditorium.
When the Kimbell opened in 1972, it became the first museum in Texas to create a purpose-built, professional paintings conservation studio. The double-height vault allows for an expansive glass wall that lets ample natural light into the studio, creating an ideal environment in which to examine, clean and restore works of art.
In this free lecture, Barry will discuss case studies from the Kimbell collection that highlight the integral role that conservation has played in the formation, interpretation and preservation of the Museum’s collection of masterworks. The examination and cleaning of paintings has frequently provided crucial evidence for resolving issues of dating, iconography and authenticity and has revealed important aspects of artists’ techniques.
Barry has headed the joint paintings conservation program shared by the Kimbell and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art since 1992. She has contributed numerous technical studies to museum publications on European and American paintings. Her essays have appeared in the award-winning publication Fernando Gallego and His Workshop: The Altarpiece at Ciudad Rodrigo, as well as in exhibition catalogues devoted to the work of Georges de La Tour, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Bartolomé Murillo, Federico Barocci, Anne Vallayer-Coster, Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Cole, Thomas Eakins, and Charles Demuth.
Kimbell Art Museum
The Kimbell Art Museum is located at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas. The museum is open Tuesday through Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 8 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.