Circles Presents Museum Maker of the Moment: Michael Gallagher

A Duty of Care: The Role of Paintings Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Reception | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Lecture

Circles of Support members are invited to an evening with Michael Gallagher at Phoenix Art Museum on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Gallagher will speak on the key work he and his colleagues undertake to support The Met’s mission to collect, study, conserve, and present significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas. He will also describe some of the conservation treatments he personally has undertaken.

In October 2005, Gallagher became the Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of the Department of Paintings Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He initiated and oversaw the major refurbishment of the Sherman Fairchild Painting Conservation Center that was completed in March 2009, and has worked on paintings by Nicholas Poussin, Peter Paul Rubens, Diego Velázquez, and many others during his tenure.

Born in Liverpool, Gallagher undertook post-graduate training in the conservation of easel painting at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge, England. Following a fellowship at the J. Paul Getty Museum, he was appointed Assistant Conservator of Paintings at the Kimbell Art Museum in 1992. As a contractual conservator from 1995 to 1999 for the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, he conserved six panels from an altarpiece by the Master of the Crispin Legend, wings of an altarpiece by the Master of the Darmstadt Passion, and Saints Gregory, Maurus, Papianus, and Domitilla by Peter Paul Rubens.

In May 1999 he was appointed Keeper of Conservation at the National Galleries of Scotland, where he oversaw more than two dozen staff members in the Conservation and Registrars' Departments and was directly responsible for the conservation of a number of major paintings, including Sandro Botticelli's The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child, Thomas Gainsborough's William 1st Earl Cathcart, Bartolomé, and Anthony Van Dyck's St. Sebastian Bound for Martyrdom.

The Museum Store will be open from 5:00pm to 9:00pm for a special discount shopping evening for Circles and Upper Level Members.

Space is limited. RSVP by Tuesday, November 28, 2017, by contacting or 602-257-2115.

Not a Circles member? Join here or call the Circles of Support office at (602) 257-2115.

Circles Presents is generously sponsored by Roberta Aidem and Arizona Bank & Trust.

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