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Shelf Life Episode 15: The Guts and Glory of Object Conservation

Posted by jwalthew
25 Apr 2017 22:25

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Creating 3-D Object Models

Posted by swang
22 Mar 2017 16:59

This week in the Bard Graduate Center class “The Inca and their Ancestors: Andean Objects, Technologies, and Issues of Conservation,” Alicia Boswell, Mellon “Cultures of Conservation” Postdoctoral Fellow, and her students took the next steps of their class project to create 3-D object models of ancient coastal Peruvian earthenware held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, found with the famous mummy bundles of the Paracas culture (800 BC – 1 AD). The class met with Dr. James Doyle, Assistant Curator in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, to get an inside look at the unique objects – and issues – of the recently installed Paracas exhibition. Historical context in hand, the group then headed behind the scenes to dive head-first into their mission to photograph a set of Paracas ceramic vessels with the help of Jesse Merandy on behalf of the BGC’s Digital Media Lab. The class expects, by the end of the semester, to create a fully contextualized project that combines their understanding of Paracas culture and ceramic technology with recreated 3-D images of the objects themselves.

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Paracas Mummy Bundles

Posted by swang
05 Mar 2017 23:18

For the spring 2017 course, “The Inca and Their Ancestors: Andean Objects, Technologies, and Issues of Conservation,” students have begun studying different aspects of the Paracas culture (B.C.E. 800-1 C.E.), one of the earliest known complex societies in South America. While each class throughout the semester will focus on a different society and technology of the Pre-Columbian Andes, the class research project is dedicated to Paracas society. More information on this project will be provided through future posts.

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Review--An evening with Mark Dion

Posted by jwalthew
29 Jan 2017 16:29

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Elizabeth Dement and Mark Dion performing "Cabinet Duet" (2017) by Annie-B Parson at BGC. Image: Alicia Boswell.
On Wednesday, Bard Graduate Center hosted an evening of events with artist-in-residence Mark Dion. Commissioned as part of the Cultures of Conservation Initiative, Dion’s “The Conservator’s Cupboard” installation in the BGC lobby was the impetus for the evening. Two performances complemented the themes of the Conservator's cupboard: a dance performance choreographed by Annie-B Parson and a screening of Dion's "Artful History: A Restoration Comedy" made with filmmaker and artist Jason Simon in 1986.

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Semester in Review: Damage, Decay, and Conservation

Posted by jwalthew
21 Dec 2016 19:05

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Damage class with Roger Griffith at the entrance to MoMA’s Bruce Conner retrospective IT’S ALL TRUE. image credit: Megan Randall
As our semester winds down we want to revisit some of the class sessions from this year's Damage, Decay and Conservation course taught by Ivan Gaskell (Professor, BGC) and Jessica Walthew (Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Cultures of Conservation).

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