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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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In the Field: "Authenticity" at the Tenement Museum

Posted by Gabrielle Berlinger
31 Jan 2014 21:22

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On January 28, 2014, the new Mellon curriculum course, "'Cultural Conservation': Preserving Place and Practice" (Gabrielle Berlinger), was held at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. The class met with Dave Favaloro, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Museum, and Research Fellow at the Hebrew Technical Institute, who led a private group tour of 97 Orchard Street, the Museum's main artifact and site of study, and explained the Museum's philosophies on conservation, restoration, and exhibition design. (To the left: layers of wallpaper are revealed in this conserved yet un-restored apartment.)

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From the desk of... Dr. Amy de la Haye

Posted by Gabrielle Berlinger
16 Jan 2014 17:53

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To kick off 2014, we have a wonderful guest post from Professor Amy de la Haye, Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Dress History & Curatorship at London College of Fashion. De la Haye's numerous curatorial projects include Coco Chanel: A New Portrait by Marion Pike, Paris 1967-1971 (Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, and Palazzo Morando, 2013-2014); The Land Girls: Cinderellas of the Soil (Brighton Museum, 2010); Fashion & Fancy Dress: The Messel Family Dress Collection 1865–2005 (Brighton Museum and Birmingham City Art Gallery, 2005-2006); Liberace’s Stage Costumes (Selfridge’s, Oxford Street, London, 2005); and Catherine Walker: 25 Years, British Couture (Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002). De la Haye has also published extensively on British and continental European fashion. Readers, please share your thoughts and questions below!

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