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Archaeological Method and The Hall of South American Peoples

Posted by swang
08 Jun 2017 09:49

As part of a series of museum visits and guest lecturers for the Bard Graduate Center spring 2017 course, “The Inca and Their Ancestors: Andean Objects, Technologies, and Issues of Conservation,” Mellon “Cultures of Conservation” Fellows Alicia Boswell and Jessica Walthew guided students through the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of South American Peoples. Hosted by Sumru Aricanli, Senior Scientific Assistant for Mexican, Central, and South American Archaeology in the Division of Anthropology, students were given the opportunity to view and examine pre-Columbian artifacts from Lake Titicaca and the Virú valley collected by Wendell C. Bennett, Curator of South American Archaeology at AMNH from 1932-1937. These collections came from Bennett’s fieldwork in the 1930’s when he completed multiple expeditions to Peru and Bolivia to carry out survey and excavations. This was a time when Andean archaeology was just emerging as a field of study. Informed by Bennett’s account of his expedition and subsequent publications by other researchers, the aim of the visit was to better understand methods of archaeological data collection and inference through an exercise in close observation.

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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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