The Art Conservation Project
The Art Conservation Project preserves cultural treasures from around the world and highlights the crucial need for their protection.
Works of art can provide a lasting reflection of people and their cultures, but they are subject to deterioration over time. The Bank of America Art Conservation Project is a unique program that provides grants to nonprofit museums throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of degeneration, including works that have been designated as national treasures.
Since 2010, Bank of America has provided grants to museums and cultural institutions in 25 countries for 57 projects. The program has supported the conservation of a diverse range of works, including a collection of Ndebele beaded aprons at the Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg; Picasso’s Woman Ironing at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the reassembly and preservation of the illuminated manuscripts of the Anvar-I Suhayli at the CSMVS Museum, Mumbai; the Watts Towers of Simon Rodia at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; photographs from the personal collection of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at La Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo Museum, Mexico City; and 30 modern sculptures at the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil.
View the conservation of Solitude, one of five works by Marc Chagall conserved by the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
View the conservation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ sculpture Diana, in progress at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
See documentary on highlights of the conservation of works by Bronzino and Pontormo.
View the conservation of three historically significant portraits from the Tudor period, currently underway at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
View the conservation of historical portraits by Gilbert Stuart at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture
Works by nine African American artists
The museum’s Visual Arts Gallery and Collection is specifically dedicated to the artistic production of American artists of African descent. Through the acquisition, preservation, conservation, exhibition and promotion of their work, the Gallery’s mission is to illuminate the critical contributions of these artists to our nation’s culture and history and recognize their rightful place in the canon of American art.
More than 322 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, works on paper and mixed media, have been procured through purchase and donation. Many of the acquired works had been previously stored in less-than-ideal environments, resulting in the need for substantial conservation efforts to prepare them for long-term exhibition.
Purvis Young while briefly imprisoned as a young man, was inspired by the works of the African American urban muralists who created “freedom walls” in Chicago and Detroit. He went on to create his own murals on the boarded- up buildings in his Miami neighborhood, the heart of which was demolished to make way for a new interstate highway.
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