This spring, WUDPAC alumnus Chris Stavroudis will conduct a conservation treatment of Pollock's Number 1, 1949 in the public galleries of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. From the museum's website:
Jackson Pollock’s abstract expressionist painting Number 1, 1949
(1949) [has been] a treasure of MOCA’s collection since it was donated to the
museum in 1989 by Rita Schreiber in loving memory of her husband, Taft
Schreiber. Over the course of six months, the painting will undergo a
significant conservation treatment, to be conducted publicly in MOCA’s
Grand Avenue galleries. Working in collaboration with the Getty
Conservation Institute (GCI), a paintings conservator will work on-site
to clean the surface of the painting, revealing brighter whites, more
brilliant metallics, and a cleaner canvas, ultimately allowing viewers
to see the painting in a condition much closer to how it appeared
originally. On select dates, the conservator will perform the
conservation treatment during open hours, answering questions from the
public about the protocols and processes of modern art conservation.
Three works by Pollock from MOCA’s permanent collection, dating from
1943 to 1951, will also be on view, exemplifying a range of materials
from watercolor to collage. Additionally, the exhibition will also
include photographic and video documentation of Pollock’s iconic method
of pouring paint from cans and flinging it from the tips of sticks and
brushes onto unstretched canvasses on his studio floor.
Independent conservator Chris Stavroudis will be working in-gallery on the treatment of Pollock’s Number 1, 1949
(1949) on select Thursdays, beginning March 8. He will be available for
Q&A sessions with the public from 11:30am‐noon and 5:30‐6:00pm.
To learn more about the treatment and see images of the project space, visit the MOCA website here.