Panel: Collections at Risk: Preservation, Conservation, and Beyond

Collections are often a source of great concern due to an ever-present range of risks, whether due to institutional shortfalls in funding their care or the challenge of monitoring the fragile condition of objects in our care. This panel will feature the experiences of museum colleagues and experts who have undertaken unique projects to mitigate or grapple with risk and legally defend the rights of collection donors amid attempts to sell collection objects, and weigh the curatorial implications behind exhibiting deteriorating collection objects in order to showcase the analysis leading to eventual conservation and prioritization of resources. Panelists will also share their experience using 3-D documentation and printing of ancient sculpture to expand educational opportunities featuring collection objects. Panelists will also respond from their varied positions of expertise to concerns arising out of the risks presented to collections and their care due to the pandemic and temporary university and museum closures.

Moderator: Tracy Fitzpatrick, Director and associate professor of art history, Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase; AAMG VP-Programs

Eugenia Incer, Assistant Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami

Dr. Christina Larson, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Academic Engagement, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami

Rebecca Manning, Collections Manager/Registrar, Mulvane Art
Museum, Washburn University