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"Conserving Active Matter", the next 5 years of BGC's Mellon supported "Cultures of Conservation" Initiative

Posted by swang
01 Dec 2017 15:43

Over the next 5 years, Bard Graduate Center and collaborators at the Helmholtz Center for Cultural Techniques of the Humboldt University in Berlin (Cluster Bild. Wissen. Gestaltung), and the Conservation & Scientific Research Department of Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam are pursuing an agenda to understand the implications of “active matter” for the theory and practice of conservation.

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An Intern's Perspective: Summer Internship with MOCHE Inc and Cultures of Conservation

Posted by swang
17 Oct 2017 19:43

From June 25 to July 25, I joined the Conservation Internship Program organized by MOCHE, Inc. Based in Huanchaco, Peru, it emphasized conservation of archaeological textiles in combination with excavation fieldwork, archaeological site and museum visits, and safe storage management.

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Cultures of Conservation Takes to the Field

Posted by swang
17 Oct 2017 19:39

This summer, Bard Graduate Center Andrew W. Mellon “Cultures of Conservation” Fellows, Alicia Boswell and Jessica Walthew, took the “C of C” initiative, which brings conservators into dialogue with other humanists, to Peru. Alicia is an anthropological archaeologist who specializes in Pre-Columbian cultures of the Andes. At BGC, she works with conservators and curators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a project studying metallurgical traditions of the Moche culture of northern Peru (AD 200–850). Jessica is an objects conservator with a specialization in archaeological and ethnographic materials. During her fellowship, she worked with conservators and curators at the American Museum of Natural History to study the history and conservation of the totem poles in the museum’s Hall of Northwest Coast Indians. Below, Alicia and Jessica report on their experience.

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Objects Speak: Deciphering Moche Metalsmith’s Methods of Manufacture

Posted by swang
03 Oct 2017 22:45

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Fig. 1. “Head-form Bead,” Moche, Peru, 3rd-7th century; gold. Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number: 1991.419.55.

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Paracas and Other Andean Textiles at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Posted by swang
26 Sep 2017 09:14

BGC students enrolled in the Spring 2017 course “Inca and Their Ancestors” class met with Christine Giuntini, textile conservator with the Metropolitan who led a discussion about Andean textiles that included an in-depth study of several significant Paracas and Nasca textiles in the MMA’s collection. The examination of these textiles affords researchers a unique opportunity to study complex techniques and materials used in ritual objects produced by an enigmatic culture.

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