Sheldon opens two exhibitions today

Walt Kuhn's "Apples in Wooden Boat."
Walt Kuhn's "Apples in Wooden Boat."

Two exhibitions — "Richmond Barthe: Harlem Renaissance Sculptor" and "The Art and Science of Conservation: Walt Kuhn's 'Apples in Wooden Boat'" — open today at the Sheldon Museum of Art.

A First Friday reception celebrating the openings is 5 to 7 p.m. at the museum.

"Richmond Barthe: Harlem Renaissance Sculptor" is organized in conjunction with the publication of the new extensive biography, "Richmond Barthe: His Life In Art," by esteemed art historian Samella Lewis, professor emerita at the Scripps College of the Claremont Colleges, who also curated the exhibition. After graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1928, Barthe (1901-89) established a studio in Harlem, where he became associated with the Harlem Renaissance cultural movement. The exhibition runs through Jan. 15.

"The Art and Science of Conservation: Walt Kuhn's 'Apples in Wooden Boat'" presents the findings of recent examination of the artwork including X-rays taken on Sept. 26 at BryanLGH Medical Center West. A conservation symposium will be held in conjunction with the exhibition from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in Sheldon’s Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium. The exhibition runs through Dec. 31.

The exhibitions and all events are free and open to the public.

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— Ann Gradwohl, Sheldon Museum of Art