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Announcing Three-Part Webinar Series on Provenance

Wednesday, April 29, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Casey Collier
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New York, May 7, 2020 Organized and hosted by the AAMC Foundation, the live three-part series will cover the research, funding, and current events surrounding the topic of provenance. Its focus aims to examine the current approaches, resources, and controversies, paying particular attention to historically marginalized or colonial-era objects and collections.  The series is designed to serve as a part two to the series offered by AAMC Foundation in June 2018, which gave an overview and resources on the topic. Those three conversations can be viewed here.

The live webinars will take place on three Wednesdays, June 10, 17, and 24, 2020.  The series is open to all, with AAMC members receiving discount admission.  Tickets may be purchased individually or for the full series through the AAMC Foundation website here.

The first webinar in the series, Approaches to Provenance, will demystify how someone might approach beginning to research an object at hand through live demonstrations. The next installment, Accessing Provenance Resources, will discuss ways to resource and make a case for provenance research, taking into specific consideration organizations who lack dedicated specialists or funding. The final webinar, Provenance in Current Events, will approach the topic through a discussion on current events, analyzing how organizations are handling scrutiny and leading with ethics at the forefront.

Our speaker lineup features a dynamic, international lineup of leading voices on the subject, including (listed alphabetically) Najiba Choudhury, Assistant Collections Information Specialist & Provenance Researcher, Collections Management, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Larissa Förster, Head of Department for Cultural Goods from Colonial Contexts, The German Lost Art Foundation; Alison Gilchrest, Director of Applied Research and Outreach, Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage; Erica P. Jones, Associate Curator of African Arts, Fowler Museum at UCLA; Lynley McAlpine, Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, San Antonio Museum of Art; Claudia Nissley, President, C. Nissley Environmental Consultants and program analyst, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; Vinnie Nørskov, Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology and Director of the Museum of Ancient Art and Archaeology, Aarhus University, Denmark; Nii O. Quarcoopome, Co-Chief Curator, Detroit Institute of Arts; Lynn Rother, Lichtenberg-Professor for Provenance Studies, Leuphana University Lüneburg; David Saunders, Associate Curator, Department of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum; Julian Siggers, Williams Director, Penn Museum;  Hilke Thode-Arora, Head of Department, Oceania, and Provenance Research Liaison Officer, Museum Fünf Kontinente (Five Continents Museum), Munich; Vanessa von Gliszczynski, Curator, South East Asia, Weltkulturen Museum; Roslyn A. Walker, Senior Curator of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific and The Margaret McDermott Curator of African Art, Dallas Museum of Art Learn more about them here

The program has been organized by David Saunders, Associate Curator, Department of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum and Monica Valenzuela, Program Manager, AAMC & AAMC Foundation. It is part of the AAMC Foundation’s webinar programs, which offer live online discussions that support our mission to advance the professional development of art curators, as well as the larger nonprofit art community.  As part of our outreach, the Foundation’s programs and fellowships support our leadership role at the forefront of nurturing and shaping the voice of the curatorial field and art organizations on a global level.  All webinars are recorded and available in our archive. Sign up here to receive AAMC updates, including future programming and news announcements.



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