Bodas de Oro con Chinches

One of the Paraguayan works of art in the successful 2008 Visual Encounters with Paraguay was Bodas de Oro.  It is a wonderful collection of kitchen cutting boards along with the owners identification card by Amalia Ruiz Diaz.  The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas purchased the work. Several months after arriving at the Spencer brown beetles were seen crawling on the boards.  They were identified as ‘cigarette beetles’ by a KU entomologist.  Preservationists sprang into action and the boards were frozen to eliminate the beetles.  Apparently they were attracted to the starch left on the cutting boards.  All of this was related in Spencer’s 2011 Annual Report. Good work Spencer staff.


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