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Experiences, Teen Programming, Hands-On Activities

Hands-on Art Conservation Experience: Cloister Gallery

Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2021 • 1:30 pm — 4:30 pm
Free for Registration
Cloister Gallery
Family, Adults, Seniors, Members
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, July 1-30
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

You too can be an art conservator! The Toledo Museum of Art’s conservation team needs your help to treat the marble columns from the 12th–14th centuries that form the centerpiece of the beloved Cloister Gallery. This two-day experience will provide you the opportunity to help us unveil the beautiful colors of the stone currently hidden by years of accumulated dirt and grime.

The first day of the program focuses on the application of
the gel poultice to the columns. The gel draws grime from the stone as
it dries overnight.

The second day of the program focuses on the careful removal of the dried
gel poultice. The dried gel forms a film in which the dirt is trapped.
The film is removed from the stone by peeling it off mechanically.

The Cloister Gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art has been a beloved fixture of the institution since the early 1930s. The Romanesque and Gothic architecture of the arcades has long served as a backdrop for art classes, weddings, celebrations, and private contemplation. This year, the Cloister Gallery will be renovated and the artwork reinstalled, refreshing the space to ensure that the public can continue to enjoy it for years to come. As a component of this reinstallation, the conservation team at TMA is organizing a community effort to remove years of dirt and grime built up on the marble columns. During the project, participants will be able to learn more about the history of cloisters and medieval architecture in museums, the conservation of stone objects, and much more! Join our treatment campaign and take part in this free Hands-on Art Conservation Experience! All individuals ages 13+ are invited to participate.

Admission is free. Pre-registration is required. To receive the full experience, participants are encouraged to register for two days.