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Provenance: Going Beyond WWII Era Research
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Provenance: Going Beyond WWII-era Research

Live Webinar: Part 2 of 3
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
12 - 1:15pm ET

Interested in viewing the whole series?  Click here to view all three recordings.  


The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and AAMC Foundation is honored to present a series of three webinars on research, advances, and issues surrounding the topic of provenance. The series was co-created and co-organized together by David Saunders, Associate Curator, Department of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum and Judith Pineiro, Executive Director, AAMC & AAMC Foundation.

With the establishment of substantial research databases and resources, great progress has been made in researching artworks that may have been subject to unlawful appropriation during the World War II era. As museums work to make their collections accessible online, there is both the need and potential to extend these advances to other categories of objects.

For our second webinar in the series, we will expand our discussion beyond our initial conversation with a particular focus to ancient, first nation, native american, and non-western works of art. What resources, tools and training are available? Does work on WWII-era objects provide a helpful model for researching in other areas? What are the key differences between them? What is the repatriation landscape within colonial legacies? Looking forward, what are the next steps in the research and accessibility of provenance for ancient, first nation, native american, and non-western objects?


Meet the Speakers
(listed alphabetically)




Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University

Kathleen Bickford Berzock is Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs at Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art, where she guides an innovative exhibition and collecting program that presents art across time, place, culture, and medium and engages with relevant issues of our time. Prior to her work at the Block Museum, Berzock was curator of African art at the Art Institute of Chicago (1995–2013) and research assistant for African Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1993–1995). She is co-editor of the book Representing Africa in American Art Museums: A Century of Collecting and Display (2010, University of Washington Press). She received her PhD from Indiana University.  




Patricia (Trish) Capone, Curator and Director of Research and Repatriation, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (NAGPRA)

Patricia Capone joined the staff of the Peabody Museum, Harvard in 1995.  As Curator and Director of Research and Repatriation, Patricia focuses on museum anthropology, North American historical archaeology, repatriation and collaborative methodologies.  As Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, she co-directs the Harvard Yard Archaeology Project with Dr. Diana Loren. She serves as Past-President on the Board of the Council of Museum Anthropology within the American Anthropological Association. Her article Amending Wonder: Museums and Twenty Years of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (2013), considers museums’ history, and contemporary scholarly and public partnerships. 




Tom Hardwick, Consulting Curator of Egyptology, Museum of Natural Science, Houston

Tom Hardwick an Egyptologist and curator, and has worked and lived in the UK, USA, and Egypt. Hardwick studied Egyptology and Classics at Oxford, and specializes in pharaonic Egyptian material culture and its histories - in particular, sculpture, iconography, and the history of collecting and forging Egyptian objects. Hardwick has written and lectured on the collecting and dealing ambiences in Egypt and the west in the 19th and 20th centuries, and has recently organized an exhibition, Adventures in Egypt: Mrs Goodison & Friends, on 19th century travelers and collectors - the first of its kind in the UK.






MacKenzie Mallon, Specialist, Provenance, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art; Moderator

MacKenzie Mallon is Specialist, Provenance at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, where she coordinates provenance research, documentation and review in conjunction with the curatorial departments. MacKenzie holds a BA in History and MA in Art History from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her primary research interests include World War II-era provenance, the early 20 th-century art market, and the development of American museum collections.




J. Keith Wilson, Curator of Ancient Chinese Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

A specialist in Chinese antiquities, Wilson recently completed the reinstallation of four galleries dedicated to early Chinese art in the Freer (2017). At the same time, he opened the exhibition Resound, which explores ancient Chinese music with dozens of Bronze Age bells in the Sackler collection. Previously, he co-organized Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan, a major traveling exhibition dedicated to late sixth-century devotional sculpture in context. Wilson has recently published the first volume of a digital catalogue dedicated to the peerless collection of ancient jades in the Freer and Sackler; the second volume, which features 225 early Bronze Age examples, will appear this spring. After serving as a Mellon Fellow at the Metropolitan, he was appointed curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art and, later, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; he joined the Freer|Sackler in 2006. 


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