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Robert Baron on Heritage, Representation, and the Conservation of Culture

Posted by Gabrielle Berlinger
27 Feb 2014 18:13

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On February 17, 2014, Robert Baron, Director of the Folk Arts Program at the New York State Council on the Arts, delivered a "Cultures of Conservation" Brown Bag Lecture entitled, "Safeguarding Living Cultural Heritage: Around the World and Around the Corner." Baron received his Ph.D in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania, and has published numerous book-lenth works, including, Creolization as Cultural Creativity, co-author, Ana C. Cara (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2011), Public Folklore, co-editor, Nicholas R. Spitzer (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2007), and Afro-American Folk Culture: An Annotated Bibliography of Materials from North, Central, and South America, and the West Indies, co-authors, John F. Szwed and Roger D. Abrahams (Philadelphia: Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1978).

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Manhattan's Rituals: The Afterlives of Objects, Events and Performances

Posted by Hanna Hoelling
21 Feb 2014 22:19

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Beyond the Object Principle: Object – Event – Performance – Process is a new Mellon curriculum course taught by Hanna Hölling within the interdisciplinary research project Cultures of Conservation at the Bard Graduate Center. During this course, students are offered an opportunity of a closer examination of objects, performances and events created in the spirit of Fluxus and Happening of the 1960s and 1970s and their aftermath.

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Francesca Bewer and Laurent Olivier Talk Time

Posted by Gabrielle Berlinger
14 Feb 2014 18:13

This Tuesday, February 11, 2014, the "'Cultural Conservation': Preserving Place and Practice" class attended the first spring event in the Mellon Foundation-sponsored "Conservation Conversations" lecture series. The theme of Tuesday’s program was time — conservation as a way to understand the effect of time on objects. Scholars Francesca Bewer and Laurent Olivier each presented a lecture and then joined moderator Hanna Hölling to dialogue with each other and discuss with the audience.

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In the Field: Paint Archaeology and Ceiling Conservation at the Tenement Museum

Posted by Gabrielle Berlinger
10 Feb 2014 19:24

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The last two weeks of class have brought Gabrielle Berlinger’s Cultural Conservation class to the Tenement Museum on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. We’ve spent a lot of time exploring the issues of conservation that arise when considering historic spaces like former tenement buildings, which themselves are layered in thousands of stories of lives lived and lives lost. The structure at 97 Orchard, frozen in time from 1935, when the apartments were condemned, until Ruth Abram uncovered the building in the late 1980s, is quite literally layered in paint, wallpaper, linoleum and dust, all of which tell a story. These material remains of the past offer a key entry point into understanding the people who called this building home all those years ago.

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