Research Forum Spring Term 2014
exhibiting Research IX
How are Conservation Decisions Reached? The Dialogue between Curator and Conservator
Friday, 14 March 2014
18.00 - 19.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
Speaker(s): include Dean Sully (Lecturer in Conservation, University College London), Rica Jones (Conservator, formerly of Tate's Conservation Department), Titika Malkogeorgou (Associate, UCL Centre for Museums, Heritage & Material Culture Studies, formerly Visiting Researcher at the V&A)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: The Courtauld Institute of Art’s MA Programme Curating the Art Museum in collaboration with the Research Forum
A previously overlooked aspect of exhibition-making, in recent years conservation practice has been increasingly placed under the spotlight. With this in mind we would like to explore the way in which conservation practices and curatorial decisions intersect with each other in the museum context. We ask how conservation decisions are reached, and what the relationship is between the curator and conservator, between curating and conservation. Who is, or should be, involved in making these conservation decisions and to what extent should these decisions then be made apparent to the public, e.g. in the museum itself, rather than as supplementary material online? Does there need to be a consensus before decisions are made and if so, between whom? As national collections house artworks on behalf of the public, should the public therefore also be involved in making decisions about artworks? What level of knowledge is required in order to contribute to valid conservation decisions?
This debate is part of the ongoing Exhibiting Research series, organised by The Courtauld Institute of Art’s MA Programme Curating the Art Museum in collaboration with the Research Forum.