In this salon, Christiana Cunningham-Adams, a fine art conservator, will take participants on a personal tour of the restoration work on the historic Brumidi Corridors in the US Capitol. No food or beverage will be provided with this salon.
The ornate paintings on the walls and ceilings of the Brumidi Corridors, one of the most beautiful features of the Capitol, were designed by Constantino Brumidi between 1857 and 1859. Following careful study, the walls of the corridors are being restored to their original colors and details under her direction. No two panels are exactly alike, and new details and delicate colors are coming to light as the murky overpaint is removed.
Cunningham-Adams is an independent fine art paintings conservator who has lent her expertise in fresco conservation to the US Capitol for two decades. After studying art history in Rome, she completed an Advanced Painting Conservation internship at Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum. A fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Cunningham-Adams was the recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Award in 2004. In 1996, she directed the restoration of the two side panels of the Lincoln Memorial.
Salon tickets are available on the Foggy Bottom West End Village Website (http://www.fbwevillage.org
) starting August 15 and are $75 each. Don’t wait to buy tickets for your favorite celebrities; they go fast.
Addresses will be on the Website for people to see when they buy their tickets, and people who buy tickets will get a paper ticket with the street address and phone number of the host.
The Gala is the village’s major fundraising event. Individual tickets to the September 7 Gala at the DAR Constitution Hall are $95 and are now available on the village Website (http://www.fbwevillage.org
FBWE Village is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer membership organization that provides services and social activities to help neighbors live independently for the long term.