Kathleen Gilje was trained as an art restorer, and she began her career working on the national collections at the Capodimonte Museum in Naples. In her exhibit Revised and Restored which is currently open at the Bruce Museum, she used her skills to reconfigure some classic works with a modern commentary, inserting anachronistic details into them and making them contemporary. It's a technically-skilled achievement, and the final product is strangely juxtaposed, satirically-charged and often kind of funny. But the message contained within each piece, be it political, economic or women's rights oriented, is often quite serious.
Revised and Restored
Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich. Through Sep. 8. (203) 869-0376. brucemuseum.org