Perry Hurt, associate conservator at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), talks about the unique collaborative aspect of El Anatsui's works.
Hurt began researching conservation issues related to Anatsui's work in 2009 when the NCMA commissioned a large 18-by-25-foot work by the artist. Anatsui encourages owners of his work to customize his work by manipulating its folds and shape. Installation and deinstallation of his works often results in damage and the loss of small parts. These losses and shifts are at odds with the usual conservation goals of museums.
Funding for this program is provided by the Mary Saunders Leech Centennial Lectureship in Fine Arts.