Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky will present an American Treasures Talk and Tour featuring Robert Indiana’s “LOVE” sculpture Monday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. at the downtown museum. The talk and tour is free with museum admission.

As part of the museum’s 65th anniversary celebration, Indiana’s iconic sculpture “LOVE” has undergone a complete restoration by sculpture conservator Paul Amaral of Amaral Custom Fabrications, Inc. of Bristol, R.I. This presentation will include an introduction by Komanecky on the evolution of Indiana’s many “LOVE” works, followed by a step-by-step discussion of how the sculpture was treated by Amaral. Assessing the condition of the sculpture, determining how safely to remove the existing paint, deciding on the basis of chemical analysis what kind of paint is best suited for repainting the sculpture, matching the color, determining how the sculpture should be painted and then outlining a program for ongoing care for LOVE are all part of the carefully articulated and carefully executed process for restoring one of the best known examples of American art.

Every Monday at 2 p.m. through August, museum staff members give focused mini-lectures on specific works of art, highlighting their importance in the museum collection. These American Treasures Talks and Tours begin with a brief 20-minute presentation in the museum auditorium, followed by a tour in the gallery where the featured work is on display. The presentations include images of related works and provide context for their creation. The next tour, Aug. 19, will feature one of America’s most prolific stained glass designers, John La Farge.

All of the summer gallery tours are free with admission and are open to 20 attendees. To sign up, stop by the main admissions desk at 16 Museum St. on the day of the gallery tour. For a complete schedule of all the Farnsworth’s summer tours, visit

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