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Provenance: Sharing Research, Asking New Questions

Live Webinar: Part 3 of 3
Tuesday, June 26, 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.

Building on the first two seminars, "Sharing Research, Asking New Questions," considers the future of provenance research. As more and more archives are digitized, what new avenues of research are available? As work progresses on individual collections, how can institutions collaborate? What kind of information can be mined from ‘big data’. At the same time, how might curators present the results of their research to the public? What methods are effective for disseminating provenance information online, in the galleries and in the classroom?


Meet the Speakers
(listed alphabetically)


Jodi Cranston, Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Boston University

Jodi Cranston, Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Boston University, is the author of The Poetics of Portraiture in the Italian Renaissance and The Muddied Mirror: Materiality and Facture in Titian’s Later PaintingsGreen Worlds of Renaissance Venice (in press), and editor and contributor to Venetian Painting Matters, 1450-1750.  She recently received a Kress Foundation digital grant to develop Mapping Paintings, a mapping platform for users to visualize the provenance of any painting, drawing, or print.  This project builds on her first digital project, Mapping Titian. 



Christine Howald, Research Area Art Market and Provenance, Technische Universität Berlin

Christine, who holds a PhD in history, is a specialist in the European market and provenance for East Asian art. She is researcher and lecturer at the chair of Bénédicte Savoy at Technische Universität Berlin where she also coordinates the research area Art Market and Provenance. Her current work focuses on the development of the German market for East Asian art between 1860 and 1945 and Yuanmingyuan loot in German museum collections. Since 2016, she also has been an associated researcher at the Berlin Museum für Asiatische Kunst with a provenance research project on selected museum acquisitions.    



Nancy Caron Karrels, Doctoral Candidate and Illinois Distinguished Fellow, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Curator, Provenance: A Forensic History of Art , Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Nancy is a doctoral candidate in Art History and an Illinois Distinguished Fellow at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is curator of the exhibition Provenance: A Forensic History of Art at Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois. She has worked as a provenance researcher with the Canadian Holocaust-Era Research Project and contributed to provenance research efforts at Krannert Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. She holds degrees in Common Law and Civil Law. 



David Newbury, formerly Lead Developer, Art Tracks at Carnegie Museum of Art, now Enterprise Software Architect, Information Systems, J. Paul Getty Trust

David Newbury is the Enterprise Software & Data Architect at the J. Paul Getty Trust, where he works with museum professionals, researchers, scientists and technologists on to find solutions to technical and scholarly problems. David has also worked on Art Tracks, a provenance project at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the American Art Collaborative, working with 14 museums on standardizing models and software around Linked Data. David has also worked with organizations like Carnegie Mellon University, the University of British Columbia, University of Illinois, and PBS.



David Saunders, Associate Curator, Department of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum; Moderator

David Saunders is Associate Curator of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Since joining the museum in 2008, he has curated seven exhibitions, and is currently preparing The House of Hades: Depicting the Ancient Underworld. He obtained his doctorate in Classical Archaeology from Oxford University, and his current research interests include Greek and South Italian vase-painting, ancient bronzes and the history of collecting and restoring antiquities. He is co-editor of The Restoration of Ancient Bronzes: Naples and Beyond (2013); Dangerous Perfection: Ancient Funerary Vases from Southern Italy (2016); and the conference volume Collecting and Collectors from Antiquity to Modernity (2018).


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