Conservation and Collections Management

SAME AS G43.3539

As an introduction to museum collections management and museum conservation, this seminar combines classroom discussion and museum visits to provide an understanding of the material concerns and underlying values that drive collections care decisions.. It is designed to give students the tools to think critically about collections management and conservation processes, covering the philosophical drive to preserve cultural objects for the future, and value conflicts that may arise in how material culture is activated. The seminar covers many core functions of museum practice, from acquisition, deaccession, exhibition, display, loans, collections documentation and storage. The seminar also addresses concerns of living artists, indigenous groups and others with claims to the disposition and care of cultural materials. The Course will consider the issues involved in day-to-day museum operations, examining not only fundamental cultural mission and ethics, but the practicalities and interpretation of policy into procedure as well aspects of future challenges facing museums. Course readings cover the historical and philosophical values that shape the field of collection management, and technical information needed to make short and long term stewardship and collections management decisions. Students perform condition assessments, and conduct research leading to short writing assignments and a term paper.

As an introduction to museum conservation, this seminar combines class room discussion with museum laboratory visits to provide an understanding of how conservation functions in the context of contemporary culture. The seminar is divided into three broad topics: museum collections care, the history and philosophy of western conservation, and the conservation of modern and contemporary art. It provides technical information about how artifacts age in the museum environment while examining conflicts that arise between professional and non-professional stakeholders. The seminar addresses concerns of living artists as well as indigenous groups and others with claims to the disposition and care of cultural materials. While enrollment is open to all NYU graduate students, priority will be given to Museum Studies students with research interests in exhibition and collections management.

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Spring 2022

1
Jakki Godfrey
F: 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM 194M 301
1
Lisa Marie Bruno
F: 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM 194M 301