“Love” gets TLC at Farnsworth

As part of the Farnsworth Museum’s 65th anniversary celebration, Robert Indiana’s iconic sculpture LOVE has undergone a complete restoration by sculpture conservator Paul Amaral of Amaral Custom Fabrications, Inc. of Bristol, Rhode Island. Assessing the condition of the sculpture, determining how safely to remove the existing paint, deciding on the basis of chemical analysis what kind of paint is best suited for repainting the sculpture, matching the color, determining how the sculpture should be painted, and then outlining a program for ongoing care for LOVE are all part of the carefully articulated and carefully executed process for restoring one of the best known examples of American art.

The Farnsworth Art Museum will present an “American Treasures Talks and Tours” featuring the life and work of John La Farge at 2 p.m. Monday, August 19. It will be led by Henry Adams, renowned scholar of American art, author of the definitive study of La Farge, and professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University. This program is free with museum admission. La Farge, known best as one of America’s most important designers of stained glass and a rival and contemporary of Louis Comfort Tiffany, has two works of note in Rockland. His 6 x 5 inch 1888-89 watercolor, Japanese Fisherman, Study of Sunlight, is one of the highlights in the museum’s Small Treasures show.  Less well known is his stained glass window in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. This talk and tour will discuss the artist’s work and these two Rockland treasures.

Every Monday at 2 p.m., throughout July and August, museum staff will give focused mini-lectures on specific works of art, highlighting their importance in the museum collection. These American Treasures Talks and Tours will begin with a brief 20-minute presentation in the museum auditorium, followed by a tour in the gallery where the featured work is on display. The presentation will include images of related works and provide context for their creation. The final tour in the series will take place on Monday, August 26 and will feature the life and work of Marguerite Zorach. All of the summer gallery tours are free with admission and are open to twenty attendees. To sign up, please see the main admissions desk at 16 Museum Street on the day of the gallery tour. For a complete schedule of all the Farnsworth’s summer tours, please see farnsworthmuseum.org/lectures-films.