A nationally recognized art conservator who discovered that a famous painting of Mary Todd Lincoln was a fake is scheduled to speak at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Barry Bauman will talk at 7 p.m. Monday, April 22, at Harvey Hall Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.
Bauman’s discovery of the Mary Todd Lincoln forgery was featured in a February 2012 front-page story in the New York Times. The painting was believed to be from 1864, but while Bauman was restoring it he discovered that it wasn’t a painting of the first lady and had been altered in the 1920s to appear as such.
Bauman, who has worked for several art institutes, does complimentary art conservation for museums and nonprofit organizations with his firm Bauman Conservation.
In 2011 he restored historic paintings for UW-Stout of founder James Huff Stout and Lorenzo Dow Harvey, who led the school from 1911-22 after Stout’s death. To see images of the paintings before and after restoration, click here.
As part of his visit to campus, Bauman will look at the university’s three paintings done during the Great Depression by artist Cal Peters. A fourth painting by Peters is behind plaster in Harvey Hall Theatre.
Bauman also will visit classes taught by Joan Navarre, English, and meet Tuesday, April 23, with Main Street Menomonie officials.
Navarre’s students recently researched the history of Peters’ most famous UW-Stout painting, a mural above the south entrance to Harvey Hall.
Bauman previously founded the Chicago Conservation Center. One of the center’s projects involved preserving 300 Works Progress Administration and pre-WPA murals for the Chicago school district. The WPA funded the Peters paintings at UW-Stout.
A graduate of Beloit College and the University of Chicago Graduate School, Bauman lives in River Forest, Ill.