Can you help preserve a Rembrandt?

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Rembrandt van Rijn’s 1633 etching, Descent from the Cross, is among the works on paper that need a sponsor. (Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morton B. Harris, 1990.20.)

Fifty works on paper have been selected for special attention from the Binghamton University Art Museum’s collection of more than 3,000 objects. With the opening this fall of the Kenneth C. Lindsay Study Room, museum staff members are working to make objects — particularly prints, drawings and photographs by well-known artists such as Picasso and Dürer — readily available to be seen by students, faculty and the public. Currently, many works on paper are inadequately matted and stored. 

Diane Butler, director of the art museum, has launched an initiative to preserve these works and make them more accessible. A $500 donation will allow a work of art (of the donor’s choice) to be housed in acid-free mat board, stored in an archival box and placed on new shelving in the vault adjacent to the Lindsay Study Room.

After selecting a piece to support, a donor will be invited to make a personal visit to view and discuss the artwork with Butler. Pieces can be sponsored by individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Donors will be acknowledged when the 50 works are exhibited in January.

For details and to choose a piece of art to “adopt,” visit the museum’s website.