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Thursday, 29 April 2010

Museum Round-up

Gross Clinic Gets
Out of Rehab
By Richard Carreno
Junto Staff Writer Bio 
Right, 'Girl with Red Ruff' (1896)
by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
The Gross Clinic, Thomas Eakins' masterwork, will be remounted  in July at the Philadelphia Museum of Art following recent conservation and restoration of the painting, often acclaimed as one of the most significant artworks of the 19th-century.

The painting, completed in 1875 sold by Eakins (1844-1916) to Thomas Jefferson University (then Tomas Jefferson Medical College), is now jointly owned by the Art Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts after a controversial purchase from the university in 2006.

The specialty exhibit, from July 24 to January 9, 2011 in the Perelman Building, will explore the painting's history, itself controversial. Initial reaction to the painting ranged from 'horror and revulsion to awe-struck praise,' according to the museum.

The show will be comprehensive, including x-rays of the picture and documentary film produced by the museum.

The museum noted that preservation was particularly required because of 'an insensitive 1920s cleaning.'

'As a result of research and conservation work, audiences will be able to see this masterpiece looking more as it did in Eakins's day than it has at any time since the early 1920s,' the museum said in e-mailed press notes.

Curating the exhibit are Mark S. Tucker, vice chair of conservation and senior conservator of paintings; and Kathleen A. Foster, senior curator of American art and the director of the Center for American Art. The documentary was filmed by Suzanne Penn, conservator of paintings.

Works from the last three decades of Pierre-Auguste Renior's career, drawn from private and public collections from around the the world, will be the PMA's main stage exhibit this summer.

The show, titled 'Late Renoir' and now at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will run from June 17 to September 6 in the Dorrance Galleries.

About 80 works by the Renoir (1842-1919) will be displayed, including sculpture and drawings. The museum did not mention whether any works from the Barnes Foundation, a rich repository of the artist's output, will be exhibited. A fully-illustrated catalog will be available.

'...Late Renoir examines new directions that the artist explored several decades after he and others such as Claude Monet and Camille Pissaro created the new style of painting known as Impressionism,' the museum said in press notes.

As is the case with most PMA exhibits, the narrative of the artwork will be chronological.

The show's curator is Jennifer Thompson, associate curator, European painting before 1900.

Museums Around Town

At the Institute of Contemporary Art
'Queer Voice,' an exhibit of works by nine artists across three generations, including Philly-based Ryan Trecartin, will run through August 1 at Penn's Institute of Contemporary Art on the university's campus at 36th Street.

Admission to the museum is always free.

Included is Trecartin's video, P.opular S.ky (section ish) (2009) and the script for K-Corea INC. K (Section A) (2009).

Trecartin, a native Texan, was born in 1981 and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. In 2009, Trecartin won the Jack Wolgin International Competition in Fine Arts and was named the 'Best New Artist of the Year' in the first Annual Arts Awards at the Guggenheim Museum.

At the Please Touch Museum
Please Touch Museum, the Children's Museum of Philadelphia, located in Memorial Hall, will sponsor the 10th annual ABC Games, a near month-long series of sport and physical activities to encourage youth fitness, sportsmanship, an self-confidence.

The event's kick-off will be Friday, June 4 and run to June 27. Activities will be held at the museum's Rainforest Rhythm Gallery, next to the Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel.