Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Historic Wishard Murals

In 1914, a group of renowned Hoosier artists painted murals for the benefit of patients at Wishard Memorial Hospital (then known as Indianapolis City Hospital).

The conservation department of the Indianapolis Museum of Art has been working to bring these murals back to their original condition since 2004, when they conserved a painting by Indiana African American artist William Edouard Scott.

Since then, the conservation of several works by such Indiana artists as T. C. Steele, Clifton Wheeler, J. Ottis Adams and Wayman Adams has been completed.

The exhibition includes a cleaned work by T. C. Steele, along with before and during treatment photographs, and a Carl Graf painting divided into partially cleaned and fully cleaned surfaces.

It opens 17 January in the IMA's Alliance Gallery, running through 29 March 2009.

Pictured is "Simeon and the Babe Jesus" by William Edouard Scott.

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