As project coordinator on the Museum side, I can say with certainty, it took a lot of hard work and effort to make this happen. A year ago the Museum team began researching in earnest what functionality a modern museum website needed to have as a base line and then started its wouldn’t it be nice list. In February 2013 we sent out a national Request for Proposal and in March decided to partner with Cuberis out of Durham, North Carolina. You are seeing months of work come to fruition before you.
We still have a few items on our to-do list, but are thrilled to be presenting what you see here today. I would like to thank Mark Johnson for his leadership in approving and finding the funding for the new site. The web working group consisted of Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, Tim Brown, Amy Johnson, Sarah Puckitt, and Tisha Rhodes. Countless other staff came in and out of the workgroup as needed or requested and everyone remembered our flexibility and sense of humor mantra. Let me know what you think of the site. Do you have suggestions for improvements or ideas for us to implement? It’s still a work in progress, so let me know your thoughts.
Deputy Director for Development
By 2012, the three 14-foot-long aluminum arcs installed by Edward Lee Hendricks in the Museum’s lake in 1991 still pivoted on their stainless steel posts in a gentle breeze as designed, adding their graceful movements to the tranquil scene. However, time and the talons of waterfowl—especially wintering flocks of big, black cormorants—had eroded the gilded surface that initially glistened in the sun.
Consequently, the Museum involved the artist in developing a plan to restore the arcs’ golden color and preserve the artist’s intent for his only sculpture in a marine environment. McKay-Lodge Art Conservation of Oberlin, Ohio, examined the sculpture and proposed to clean and re-gild the arcs with traditional gold leaf like that Hendricks had used. They also recommended an innovative Tnemec clear coat to protect the gilding from damage.
In October of 2013 the arcs were removed from the lake and shipped to Ohio for treatment. They will be re-installed in the spring of 2014. This conservation treatment will insure that the gleaming, golden arcs will again swing in the breeze as the artist intended.
The conservators will also be treating a second sculpture from the collection, Buckminster Fuller’s Twelve Degrees of Freedom, 1983. This work is one of the collection’s most significant examples of twentieth-century American sculpture, and it will also return to view in 2014.
Funding for the conservation treat-ment of these sculptures is provided by the Museums for America grant program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Museum, and the MMFA Association.