Conservation and the Making of Art History @ The Clark

Date: April 17, 2020 - April 18, 2020
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm


Pricing: Free, but please register in advance!
The Clark Art Institute
225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267

This conference will consider the role of conservation in the historiography of art history and how different approaches to loss, reintegration, authenticity, and temporality are central to writing about objects. A premise of this conference is that debates about conservation are philosophical examinations of time and its representation. Nevertheless, conservation remains a distinct discipline from art history as it uses scientific techniques such as x-radiography, x-ray fluorescence, infrared-reflectography, and ultraviolet illumination to interrogate works. As art historians are becoming increasingly interested in conservation practices, we have a responsibility to address these new kinds of evidence on their own terms, while also considering the epistemic questions that conservation science raises.

Ina Archer, National Museum of African American History and Culture
Jennifer Bajorek, Hampshire College
Chương-Đài Võ, Asia Art Archive
Sven Dupré, Utrecht University
Fatima Fall, Centre de Recherches et de Documentation du Sénégal
Annika Finne, New York University
Erma Hermens, University of Amsterdam
Murad Khan Mumtaz, Williams College
Yasuhiro Oka, Oka Bokkodo National Treasure Conservation Studio
Fernando Dominguez Rubio, University of California, San Diego
Kavita Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Gabriela Siracusano, Centro de Investigación en Arte, Materia y Cultura
Joanna Phillips, Restaurierungszentrum der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf
Yukio Lippit, Harvard University

Caroline Fowler, Research and Academic Program, Clark Art Institute
Alexander Nagel, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

This event is free and open to the public. We ask that you please register in advance.

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