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Symposium on Magritte

From: Bradford A. Epley <bepley<-a>
Date: Monday, February 10, 2014
"Magritte: Beyond the Image, Beneath the Paint"
A Menil Symposium
Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater Asia Society Texas Center
1370 Southmore Boulevard, Houston
Saturday, March 1, 2014 10 am-5:30 pm

Free Admission

Magritte expert Sarah Whitfield leads off an interdisciplinary group
of conservators, curators, scientists, and engineers as they examine
the work of artist Rene Magritte, venturing beyond the pictorial
images in his paintings.  This daylong symposium begins with several
concise lectures exploring Magritte's reputation, connections
between the artist and the Menil, and-in recognition of our host
institution-Magritte in Japan.  Three focused sessions follow,
punctuated by short discussions encompassing Magritte's methods,
techniques, and several exciting new conservation discoveries
revealed through x-radiography and other scientific methods.

Welcoming Remarks and Introduction of Opening Lectures (10 am) Josef
Helfenstein, Director, The Menil Collection

Opening Lecture             Sarah Whitfield
                            Independent Scholar
                            co-author of Magritte catalogue raisonne

                            Magritte and The Menil
                            Clare Elliott
                            Assistant Curator, The Menil Collection

                            Yamamoto Kansuke: Magritte's influence
                            in Japanese Surrealism
                            Janet Yoon
                            Administrative Assistant, The Museum of
                            Modern Art

Session I: Beneath the Paint
(11 am)

                            Magritte's Use of Canvas
                            Don Johnson
                            Professor Emeritus, Rice University

                            Magritte and The Enchanted Pose:
                            Accounting for a Missing Painting
                            Michael Duffy
                            Conservator, Museum of Modern Art

                            Rene Magritte and His Contemporaries: On
                            the Use of 'Decent Paints' and
                            Unconventional Materials
                            Maria Kokkori
                            Conservation Science Fellow, The Art
                            Institute of Chicago


Lunch Break
(12:30 pm)                  During a mid-day lunch break, symposium
                            guests are welcome to purchase lunch in
                            the Jade Stone Cafe located on-site at
                            Asia Society Texas center

Session II: Beyond the Image
(2 pm)

                            Magritte's Conscious Process in Early
                            Works at The Menil Collection
                            Katrina Bartlett Rush
                            Assistant Paintings Conservator, The
                            Menil Collection

                            Hidden in the Depths of Thought:
                            Magritte's "Elective Affinities"
                            Danielle Johnson
                            Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Modern

                            Magritte's "The Treachery of Images":
                            Ceci n'est pas un Miro
                            Anne Umland
                            Curator of Painting and Sculpture,
                            Museum of Modern Art


                            15 minute break

Session III: On the Threshold
(3:45 pm)

                            "Mirrors that Become Paintings":
                            Magritte's Commission for Edward James
                            Stephanie D'Alessandro
                            Curator of Modern Art, The Art Institute
                            of Chicago

                            A Closer Look at Magritte's Time
                            Transfixed:  A Lost Composition Revealed
                            Allison Langley
                            Associate Conservator of Paintings, The
                            Art Institute of Chicago

                            A Technical Equilibrium: Magritte's
                            Painting Methods, Early and Late
                            Brad Epley
                            Chief Conservator, The Menil Collection


                            Concluding Remarks

For additional details visit:


Bradford A. Epley
Chief Conservator
The Menil Collection
1511 Branard Street
Houston TX 77006
Fax: 713-525-9428

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:32
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Received on Monday, 10 February, 2014

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