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Conservation and Its Contexts

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December 7, 2013

Organized by Jim Coddington, Chief Conservator, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

This session will examine the emerging interactions between conservation and associated disciplines. Art history, archaeology, ethnography, and other disciplines are absorbing aspects of the theory, practice, and rhetoric of conservation while conservation does the same from those disciplines. This multi-disciplinary symposium will examine this trend in terms of present practice, as well as from a historical perspective.

Speakers:

Noémie Etienne, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

Michael Gallagher, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of Paintings Conservation, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Matthew Hayes, PhD Candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Fernando Dominguez Rubio, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego

Glenn Wharton, Clinical Associate Professor of Museum Studies, New York University

Organized by Jim Coddington, Chief Conservator, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

RSVP information:
This event is open to the public, but an RSVP is required. To make a reservation for this event, please click hereOpen link in new window. Please note that seating in the Lecture Hall is on a first-come first-served basis with RSVP. A reservation does not guarantee a seat in the lecture hall. We will provide a simulcast in an adjacent room to accommodate overflow.

Agenda:

10:00am 
Registration

10:30am
Introduction and welcome: Patricia Rubin, Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; Jim Coddington, Chief Conservator, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

10:45am 
Noémie Etienne, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Conservation and Art History: Shared Histories

11:30am 
Break

11:45am 
Fernando Dominguez Rubio, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego
The (uneasy) rise of the conservator

12:30pm 
Break

2pm
Matthew Hayes, PhD Candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
The Postmodern Turn in Contemporary Conservation  

2:30pm
Glenn Wharton, Clinical Associate Professor of Museum Studies, New York University
Knowledge Production and the Destabilized Conservation Object

3:15pm
Break

3:30pm
Michael Gallagher, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of Paintings Conservation, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Painting Conservation and Treatment: Close Relatives or Estranged Friends

4:15pm
Discussion

5:00pm 
Reception

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