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Field Trip to the Met's Department of Textile Conservation

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20 May 2016 18:29

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By Catherine Stergar and Summer Olsen
Before the end of the spring semester, a group of Bard Graduate Center students in the “Colors in China and Japan: Objects, Cultures, and Conservation” seminar visited the Textile Conservation Lab at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kristine Kamiya, an associate conservator in the lab, gave the students a tour and introduced them to the conservation work carried out by her and other textile conservators at the museum.

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Conservation Conversation—A Multiplicity of Voices: The Structure of Preservation at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Posted by sumolsen
20 May 2016 17:51

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By Catherine Stergar and Summer Olsen
In March, Gabrielle Berlinger and David Favaloro spoke at Bard Graduate Center about the ongoing preservation of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum at 97 Orchard Street in New York City. Berlinger, a trained folklorist, is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Folklore and Tanenbaum Fellow of American Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 2013 to 2015, she participated in the Cultures of Conservation initiative at Bard Graduate Center as an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow, carrying out a research project on the conservation needs and plans for the Tenement Museum. Favaloro, who is trained in public history, is Director of Curatorial Affairs at the museum and oversees the museum’s conservation work. He has recently completed writing a long-term preservation action plan for the institution and worked closely with Berlinger as she researched the history and conservation efforts at the museum. Their talk, entitled “A Multiplicity of Voices: The Structure of Preservation at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum,” reveals how the museum is dedicated to maintaining a balance between prioritizing the educational goals of the museum and preserving the building as “a primary artifact.”

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