Spring CAN! Conversation: Contextualizing decision-making models in contemporary art conservation

Posted on Thu, 04/01/2021 - 02:31
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Spring CAN! Conversation: Contextualizing the decision-making model in contemporary art conservation


April 9, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST

Register via AIC HERE

The event will be hosted on Zoom Webinar and is free, open to both members and non-members.


Decision-making models in conservation are predominantly designed for practice within the museum. Conservation, however, occurs in many non-museum contexts. How does decision-making shift to accommodate these distinct contexts beyond the museum? Conservation of contemporary art recognizes special categories of stakeholders, like the artist, their assistants, and/or estates - but how do other stakeholders such as galleries, auction houses, and collectors influence our practice? How can we broaden decision-making models to accurately represent and embrace these other factors? Each panelist represents a unique context in contemporary art conservation, including working for a private collection, kunsthalle, private practice, and a museum. Join us for this inaugural CAN! Conversation exploring the different contexts of decision-making with a moderated Q&A to follow. 


Conversation panelists include Julia Betancor, Miroslaw Wachowiak, Mareike Opeña, and Joy Bloser. Moderated by Martha Singer. 


A few reading suggestions for the Spring CAN! Conversation:

·  SBMK (1999) and the Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences (2018) The Decision-Making Model for Contemporary Art Conservation  

·  Glenn Wharton (2018) Bespoke ethics and moral casuistry in the conservation of contemporary art, Journal of the Institute of Conservation, 41:1, 58-70 https://doi.org/10.1080/19455224.2017.1417141

·  Engel, N., Hickey, J., and Singer, M. "Double Diamond for Conservation". (2019) See Unpublished notes (2019).  http://www.materialwhisperer.com/moreau



CAN! Conversations

CAN! Conversations is a new discussion series on the quandaries of conserving contemporary art launched by AIC’s Contemporary Art Network (CAN!). Topics are proposed by CAN! members for CAN! Members and will be held seasonally over Zoom.  Do you have a topic to propose for a future CAN! Conversation? Please send ideas to Martha Singer martha@materialwhisperer.com