Sky's the Limit (S2, E3) | AT THE MUSEUM

As visitors make their way through MoMA’s spring exhibitions, curators continue work on “Betye Saar: Legends of Black Girl’s Window” for the fall. The conservators take time to clean works that are rarely taken off the gallery walls, and those that rotate in and out of the Sculpture Garden.


0:07 – Senior paintings conservator Anny Aviram dusts Georges-Pierre Seurat’s “The Channel at Gravelines, Evening, Marine avec des ancres” (1980) and Henri Rousseau’s “The Dream” (1910).

2:15 – Conservator Michael Duffy removes restoration layers from the 1940s and ’50s from Rousseau’s “Sleeping Gypsy.”

3:49 – Director of exhibition design Lana Hum examines and adjusts the scale model of the upcoming Betye Saar exhibition.

4:18 – Curator Esther Adler and chief curator Christophe Cherix walk artist Betye Saar through how they’ve organized the exhibition.

5:45 – Fred, one of MoMA’s volunteers, hands out tickets on one of the last UNIQLO Free Friday Nights before temporary closure.

6:37 – Christophe Cherix consults Betye Saar on colors for the walls of her exhibition.

8:34 – Ellen Moody, associate sculpture conservator, supervises the removal of Tony Smith’s “Moondog” (1964).


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