Dec 8th 2022

Join Rachel Sabino, director of Objects and Textiles Conservation, and Sarah Kelly Oehler, Field-McCormick Chair and Curator of Arts of the Americas, as they discuss the recent conservation of the Michigan Avenue lions.

The museum’s lions have been a fixture of Michigan Avenue since 1894, but years of exposure to the elements had altered their appearance. This summer, for the first time in decades, they were removed from their pedestals for extensive conservation. From a steam-cleaning to a new wax coating, the conservation team will discuss how they worked to ensure that the lions will watch over Michigan Avenue for years to come.

Please note that this is an in-person event that takes place at the museum.

In accordance with state and City of Chicago guidelines, visitors to the museum are no longer required to wear masks or provide proof of vaccination. Anyone who would like to continue to wear a mask is welcome to do so. Learn more about our visiting policies and what to expect.

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