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Art Experts Volunteer To Restore Biblioteca Art Collection

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By Debra Broussard

Three art experts volunteered their time and expertise to assist with the restoration of the art collection of the Biblioteca. They have reviewed the Biblioteca Art Registry prepared over the past year and helped prioritize the work of protecting and enhancing the display of the Biblioteca art collection.

Soon you will notice small changes on the walls of the Biblioteca. We will clean and rehang these works of art, giving them the greater attention they deserve. The Biblioteca board and staff want to specifically thank Mitchell Kahan, Lyda Lowrey, Austin Lowrey, and Danny Schexnayder, who have volunteered their time and talent to help us get started.

Dr. Mitchell Kahan was Director & CEO of the Akron Art Museum in Ohio, where he served from 1986 to 2013. He holds a PhD in Art History from the City University of New York Graduate School, master’s degrees from both Columbia University and the City University of New York, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. He studied architectural history and art history at all three schools. He is a former committee chair and former trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors, the leading organization of art museum directors from Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

Lyda Lowrey was director of the Visual Arts Section of the North Carolina Arts Council, head of design at the North Carolina Museum of Art, design director at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, design director at the Royal Ontario Museum of Art in Toronto and director of Piedmont Craftsmen Inc in Winston-Salem, NC, an 11-state contemporary crafts organization.

Austin Lowrey is Professor Emeritus at The College of Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Before moving to San Miguel de Allende, he created installation art out of a studio he shared with Lyda in San Pedro, California. He also served as a fellow, studying under Donald Judd in Marfa, Texas at the Chinati Foundation.

Our first priority is to protect artwork from damage by sunlight. We recently removed historical posters from the wall, many with original signatures, including those of Rufino Tamayo and Roberto Munguia. Danny Schexnayder volunteered his time, talent, and money to help protect these works. Danny recommended these posters be removed from the walls, protected in plastic sleeves with a stiff foam backing, and placed in an art bin where patrons are able to study and examine them up close, as they would any reference material. Another museum patron donated the cost of the new art bin, which is located in the Sala de Inglés. Eugenio is the staff member who oversees the Sala de Inglés, and he will be happy to point you to these posters.

Danny Schexnayder is the owner of Mr Poster Vintage Poster Gallery, on Zacateros.

We are fortunate in San Miguel have so many resident art experts that are generous with their knowledge and time. Thank you Mitchell, Lyda, Austin, and Danny.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with this ongoing project, please contact debra.broussard@yahoo.com.

 

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