Upcoming Events

To be announced.

October 31, 2017

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

Trinidad Rico
"Heritage, Secrecy, and Failure"
12:15 pm – 1: 15 pm
38 West 86th St, Lecture Hall

November 27 & 28th, 2017


Conserving Active Matter: A Cultures of Conservation Research Project
Monday, November 27, 6 – 8 pm
Tuesday, November 28, 9 am – 5 pm

Recent Events

February 21, 2017

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

Caitlin Earley
"In Enemy Hands: Captive Bodies in Ancient Mesoamerican Art"
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
38 West 86th St, Lecture Hall

February 8, 2017

Artist in Residence, Evening Lecture

Mark Dion, Joanna Ebenstein, Earle Havens, and David Harvey
"From the Wunderkammer to The Museum of Nature: Exhibiting the Anthropocene"
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
38 West 86th St, Lecture Hall

February 1, 2017

"Keyword" Panel

"Conserving 9/11"
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
38 West 86th St, Lecture Hall

January 25, 2017

Artist in Residence

An Evening With Mark Dion
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
38 West 86th St, Lecture Hall

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

Deborah Lee Trupin
"Textiles in the Historic Interior—A Look at Curatorial, Conservation, and Interpretive Issues"
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

November 2, 2016

Evening Lecture

Salvatore Settis
"The Protection of Cultural Heritage in Italy: A Short History and Some Current Issues"
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
38 West 86th St, Lecture Hall

November 2, 2016

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

Jessica Walthew
"Issues of Conservation and Display in the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Northwest Coast Indians"
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
38 West 86th St, Lecture Hall

November 1, 2016

"Keyword" Panel

"Digging into Central Park's Layered Past"
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
38 West 86th St, Lecture Hall

October 19, 2016

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

Robert van Langh
"Netherlands Institute for Conservation Art and Science: An Integrated Approach Towards Understanding and Preserving Cultural Heritage"
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

October 5, 2016

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

Alicia Boswell
"Luxury Object Artisans in the Ancient Andes: Coca and Metal Producers in Northern Peru, AD 200–1532"
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
38 West 86th Street, Seminar Room

March 15, 2016

Conservation Conversation

Gabrielle Berlinger and David Favaloro
“A Multiplicity of Voices: The Structure of Preservation at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum."
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

March 14, 2016

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

Vera A. Solovyeva
"Museum’s Role in Helping Sustain and Revitalize Indigenous Peoples’ Cultures and Traditions"
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

March 2, 2016

Brown Bag Lunch Talk

Margaret Holben Ellis
"Paper is Part of the Picture"
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

Past Events Archive


Recent Events

March 8, 2017

Plastics in Modern and Contemporary Art: Meant to Last Forever?

Thea van Oosten
Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor, Institute of Fine Arts
6:00 PM in the Lecture Hall
The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
1 East 78th Street

Since the production of the first plastics at the beginning of the twentieth century, a wide variety of plastics have been brought on the market. Today, museum collections contain increasing amounts of interesting plastic objects, for example as sculptures or in textiles. The aging properties of these plastics are a challenge for conservators. Compared to other materials, like wood or marble, plastics are not meant to last forever. Some plastics get sticky or brittle with time, some of them smell and fade. Plastics in modern and contemporary art need constant attention, if we want to keep them as part of a museum collection. How can a polymer scientist help conservators to keep for longer what is bound to break and crumble?

A video of this lecture is archived and available in the Institute's video archive.

September 30, 2016

Fitch Colloquium: Preservation and War - Columbia GSAPP

Columbia University
Wood Auditorium
9:30 am – 5:30 pm

December 17, 2015

AMNH Distinguished Lecture in Anthropology, One Year Later:A Collective Response

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
Linder Theater
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

On Friday December 12, 2014 smoke entered the Hall of the Northwest Coast Indians from a fire on the exterior of the building that was quickly extinguished. The smoke triggered the fire sprinkler system and water entered eight exhibit cases. Several hundred objects were removed and had to be inventoried, stabilized, and conserved. During this year's AMNH Distinguished Lecture in Anthropology Paul Beelitz and Judith Levinson will speak about the collections management and conservation efforts of this past year.


Upcoming Events

May 29 - June 2, 2018

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works 46th Annual Meeting

In Houston, Tx.

April 4, 2017

Open Panel Discussion: "New Frontiers in the Protection of Cultural Property"

5:00 to 6:30 pm
The Penn Museum
3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Open to the public, registration required

The Penn Museum hosts a Keynote panel discussion open to the public, New Frontiers in the Protection of Cultural Property. Taking into account diverse perspectives of art, archaeology, history, law, and the military, the panel is challenged to consider, how must preservation efforts change in response to armed conflict in the twenty-first century?

Dr. Richard Leventhal, Director of the Penn Museum’s Penn Center for Cultural Heritage, moderates a wide-ranging discussion with panelists including: Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO; Karima Bennoune, Professor of International Law, University of California-Davis School of Law and United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights; Derek Gillman, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University, and Former Executive Director and President, Barnes Foundation; Sir Richard Goldstone, former judge, Appellate Division, Supreme Court of South Africa; and Shamila Batohi, Senior Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court.

Recent Events

September 12-16, 2016

IIC 2016 Los Angeles Conference, Saving the Now: Crossing Boundaries to Save Contemporary Works

Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S/ Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Contemporary art is an engaging, dynamic and constantly evolving field of creativity, presenting a kaleidoscope of images, patterns, sounds and experiences to observers and participants: the challenge to conservators is the very diversity of concepts, materials and technologies used in their production. […] There are serious questions to be asked as to what the conservation profession should take as its guiding principles and apply in practice with such complex works and underlying issues.

June 15-16, 2016

CATS Conference Copenhagen"Studying the European Visual Arts 1800-1850 Paintings, Sculpture, Interiors and art on Paper"

National Museum of Denmark

The conference will be focusing on artists’ techniques and materials, written sources, conservation science, the history of science and technology, history of trade, and innovation of artists’ materials during the first half of the 19th century. In the preceding several decades a succession of art academies emerged throughout Europe, and another focal point of the conference will be the impact of these institutions on a new generation of artists, examining how this manifested itself in their Paintings, Sculpture, Interiors and Art on Paper.

June 9-11, 2016

VDR Conference: “Collecting and Conserving Performance Art”

Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg, Germany

The two-and-a-half day event will bring together conservators, curators, art historians, artists, collectors, researchers, art educators and other professionals, who are involved in the production, distribution, exhibition, collection, documentation and conservation of performance art. Under investigation will be a variety of existing practices for bringing artist’s live performance into collections, including the license to re-perform a work based on an artist-provided score; film and video recordings of historic or recent performance iterations; autonomous art installations; documentation created by former audiences, participants and producers; and performance props and other objects that represent the work as a relic of the live event.

May 19-22, 2016

AICCM Symposium: “Emerging Technologies in Textile Conservation"

Sydney, Australia

The symposium will present innovative research, practical ideas and illuminating case studies from a range of exceptional textile conservators and practitioners.

May 19-20, 2016

ICOM-CC Conference: “6th Experts’ Meeting: Enamel on Metal”

National Museum
Warsaw, Poland

May 13-17, 2016

AIC & CAC-ACCR 2016 Joint Annual Meeting & Conference: Emergency! Preparing for Disasters and Confronting the Unexpected in Conservation

Palais des Congrès
1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Montréal, QC H2Z 1H5, Canada

Colleagues will address in a broad-based way the impact of past, present, and future disasters on the protection of cultural property. In addition papers that address confronting the unexpected in conservation whether it occurs during the treatment of an artifact or during a natural disaster are requested.

April 13, 2016

ENCoRE Conference:"Education and Research in Conservation-Restoration"

Cambridge, UK

The conference Education and Research in Conservation-Restoration will focus on a variety of subjects, not exclusively, but in particular as listed below: Significance of research in conservation-restoration curricula (e.g. Bachelor, Master, PhD)
Relation of conservation-restoration research to neighboring fields of research Relation of research and practice Impact of education based conservation-restoration research on professional practice any other related topics.