Vaquero Returns: Conserving Luis Jiménez’s Monumental Sculpture

For more than twenty years, Vaquero, a monumental sculpture by Luis Jiménez, has greeted visitors as they enter the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Art conservator Helen Ingalls describes the challenges of caring for this unique sculpture and reveals the unusual materials the artist used. After undergoing careful restoration the cowboy has returned to its place outside the museum.

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