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Monday, May 10 at 12:00 pm EDT
Confronting our Biases to Transform Conservation

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Biases affect both our personal choices as conservators and inform larger institution-wide policies. As conservators we have been taught to make non-value-based decisions. However, our backgrounds inevitably filter into our decision-making processes. Conservators are involved in discussions regarding how/if art objects are collected, displayed, and preserved. We also make hiring decisions and are involved with community engagement. The subtle but significant problem of implicit bias in all of these areas can hinder our desire for inclusivity. Conversely, if we recognize and confront our own biases, then we can transform our practice and help make the cultural heritage field more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible. The Equity & Inclusion Committee (EIC) proposes a general concurrent session with the goal of understanding and developing personal strategies to identify implicit associations in conservation, from the individual level to the institutional level. We will explore this topic through a mix of presentations, panel discussion, and open discussion. The session will include four speakers (TBD) from the cultural heritage sector. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the implicit biases we all carry and how it influences their work, and see examples of how others have effected change.

Presenters: Porchia Moore, Seema Rao, Stephanie A. Johnson-Cunningham

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Monday, May 10 at 3:00 pm EDT
NEH Held in Trust Keynote Presentation and AIC Awards Presentation

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  • Welcome
  • NEH Held in Trust Keynote & Presentation
    NEH Acting Chairman Adam Wolfson, NEH Chief of Staff Kelsey Coates, Pamela Hatchfield
  • AIC Awards Presentation
    Given by AIC President Margaret Holben Ellis

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Tuesday, May 11 at 12:00 pm EDT
Opening General Session

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Presentations in This Session

  • Who is a conservator? What is conservation? Evolving our identities and practice to thrive in an inclusive world
    Joelle Wickens, Natalya Swanson
  • Are you biased? I am.
    Anisha Gupta
  • Conservation Unfixed: Queer Visions for Transformative Practices
    Sasha Arden, Kris Cnossen, Megan Creamer
  • Politics, Race, and Objectification: Uncomfortable Encounters in the Conservation Lab
    Sarah Barack, Kate Wright Tyler
  • Discussion
  • Exhibitor: Huntington T. Block
  • A Local Approach to the Global Problems of 2020: The Washington Conservation Guild and its Responses to the Black Lives Matter
    Jayne Girod Holt, Rachel Greenberg, Anne Kingery-Schwartz
  • Shining Light on Labels in the Dark: Guidelines for Offensive Collections Materials
    Laura Briscoe, Mare Nazaire
  • Trailblazing Rapid Enhancement of Biodiversity Collections Data to Address the Urgent Challenge of COVID-19
    Austin Mast
  • Cultures of extinction and contemporary art conservation research
    Rebecca Gordon
  • Discussion

View Abstracts and Speaker Bios: https://flame.firebird.systems...

Wednesday, May 12 at 12:00 pm EDT
Concurrent General Session: Creating Connections & Community During COVID - Part 1

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Presentations in This Session

  • Lights! Camera! Action! Virtual Couriering: The New Normal?
    Per Knutås and Jennifer Levy  
  • Creating Competences: Conservation Class in a Box
    Ellen Pearlstein
  • Exhibitor Experience - Goppion
  • Caring for Family Treasures: Providing Practical Preservation Advice during a Pandemic
    Annabelle Camp

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Wednesday, May 12 at 12:00 pm EDT
Concurrent General Session: On Display - Part 1

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Presentations in This Session

  • Alternative Strategies: De-installation, treatment, and reproduction of a historic Chinese import wallpaper for Jekyll Island Museum
    David Joyall and Luana Maekawa
  • Fantastic Beasts: A manuscript leaf approach for the display of a python skin. A collaborative project between paper and objects conservators
    Konstantina Konstantinidou
  • Exhibitor Experience - Getty Conservation Institute
  • The Materials Selection and Specification Working Group: Paving the Path to for Choosing Safe Materials to Display
    Lisa Elkin, Rebecca A. Kaczkowski,Rachael Perkins Arenstein

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Wednesday, May 12 at 3:00 pm EDT
Concurrent General Session: Creating Connections & Community During COVID - Part 2

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Presentations in This Session

  • Teaching conservation in the time of Covid-19
    Madeline Hagerman and Nina Owczarek
  • IPM in the Time of COVID-19: An Unexpected Unifier and Trigger for Change
    Madeline Corona
  • Exhibitor Experience - Tru Vue
  • Put It On The Wall: Conservation Content at the Harvard Art Museums
    Kate Smith

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Wednesday, May 12 at 3:00 pm EDT
Concurrent General Session: On Display - Part 2

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Presentations in This Session

  • Standardized Protocols for Testing Exhibition and Storage Materials Used with Works of Art: Round-Robin Results
    Christopher Maines
  • A Memorial on Middagh Street: The Treatment and Display of a Firehouse Door Mural
    Maureen Merrigan
  • Exhibitor Experience - Hollinger Metal Edge, Inc.
  • Exhibit Case as a Compatible/Incompatible Object?
    Ellen Carrlee 

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Wednesday, May 12 at 5:00 pm EDT
Partner Event: Getty Conservation Institute Virtual Lounge - Plastics (Pre-Registration Required)

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To access this program, you must receive a confirmation email from the Getty Conservation Institute and use that link to access the session. You won’t be able to access the session through this meeting portal.

Do you have issues with plastics in your collection? Do you have doubts on how to treat a plastic object or how to approach its conservation? Do you have a project on the preservation and conservation of plastics that you would like to share? Or would you just like to hear more about our treatment studies on plastics at GCI? Join Anna for an informal conversation about the conservation of plastics. This will be an opportunity to talk about problems, doubts and possible solutions, to share your projects or case studies, and to discuss ongoing research studies in plastics conservation

What is the Virtual Lounge?

Join a Getty Conservation Institute host for a coffee break or happy hour (depending on your time zone) in the Virtual Lounge, every Wednesday during the conference for an informal conversation focused on a different theme.  There will be a limited number of participants so that everyone will have a chance to engage in a relaxed environment and meet some new colleagues. 

Registration and additional information about this week's topic: https://getty.zoom.us/meeting/...

Thursday, May 13 at 12:00 pm EDT
Concurrent General Session: Transformative Research and Treatment in the Care of Natural History Collections - Part 1

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Presentations in This Session

  • Addressing our Colonial History in the Herbarium of the New York Botanical Garden - The Folder Project
    Nicole Tarnowshy
  • Test and Repeat: Assessing and Caring for Hazardous Natural History Collections at the Royal Alberta Museum
    Carmen Li
  • Exhibitor Experience - Bruker
  • Birds of a Feather... Community-driven Research Informing Best Practices for Cleaning Feathers
    Julia Sybalsky

View Abstracts and Speaker Bios: https://flame.firebird.systems/AIC/AIC2021/MyProgrammes#Entry.ItemPage.11801.0.EntryDefinition.cdaad2ba-2bb1-4b49-92b8-3fda70bb8b24

Thursday, May 13 at 12:00 pm EDT
Concurrent General Session: Collaborating with Stakeholder Communities - Part 1

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Presentations in This Session

  • The Implications of Basketry Kits and How-to Books for Authenticity
    Ellen Pearlstein
  • Collaborating with Indigenous Communities to Deinstall the Native North American Hall at the Field Museum
    Erin Murphy
  • Exhibitor Experience - University Products
  • Consultation and Collaboration: Renovation of the Northwest Coast Hall at the American Museum of Natural History
    Amy Tjiong

View Abstracts and Speaker Bios: https://flame.firebird.systems... 

Thursday, May 13 at 3:00 pm EDT
Concurrent General Session: Transformative Research and Treatment in the Care of Natural History Collections - Part 2

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Presentations in This Session

  • Rehydrate This! Challenges in Preserving and Treating Fluid Specimens
    Arianna Bernucci
  • Planning a Quantitative Risk Analysis to Determine Storage Enclosure Options for Large Vertebrate Specimens
    Melissa King
  • Exhibitor Experience - Click Netherfield
  • The Hidden Tooth: Reversal of Preparation Work, Retreatment of Unstable Mammoth Tusks, and Significance of Conservation Records
    Genevieve Kulis

View Abstracts and Speaker Bios: https://flame.firebird.systems/AIC/AIC2021/MyProgrammes#Entry.ItemPage.11803.0.EntryDefinition.cdaad2ba-2bb1-4b49-92b8-3fda70bb8b24

Thursday, May 13 at 3:00 pm EDT
Concurrent General Session: Collaborating with Stakeholder Communities - Part 2

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Presentations in This Session

  • Building a Conservation Partnership between Yale University Art Gallery and National Museum, Lagos during the Global Pandemic 
    Anne Turner Gunnison, Geo Barrios
  • Exhibitor Experience - TandD US LLC
  • Conservator and Stakeholder: Lessons from Unearthing a Time Capsule underneath a Confederate Monument
    Sue Donovan
  • Cancelling Neutrality: A Manifesto for Rewriting Conservation Codes of Ethics
    Cathie Magee, Anisha Gupta

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Thursday, May 13 at 5:30 pm EDT
Partner Event: SPNHC Emerging Professionals Happy Hour

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The Emerging Professionals happy hour is a great opportunity to meet and connect with fellow emerging professionals and established colleagues to share experiences and challenges.

Moderators: Kari Harris, Mariana Di Giacomo

Thursday, May 13 at 8:00 pm EDT
Objects Specialty Group Social Hour

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Objects Specialty Group Social Hour - open to meeting attendees who are members of AIC's Objects Specialty Group.

Friday, May 14 at 12:00 pm EDT
2021 AIC Member Business Meeting

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Join the AIC Board and more for our 2021 AIC Member Business Meeting.

  • Welcome – Margaret Holben Ellis, AIC President  
  • Secretary’s Report – Jennifer McGlinchey Sexton, AIC Secretary
  • Nominating Committee Report and Election Results – Penley Knight, AIC Nominating Committee Chair
  • Treasurer’s Report – Elmer Eusman, AIC and FAIC Treasurer 
  • 2022 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting – Suzanne Davis, AIC Vice President
  • State of the Organization I – Eryl P. Wentworth, AIC & FAIC Executive Director
  • State of the Organization II – Margaret Holben Ellis, AIC President
  • Membership Designations Working Group Update and Response to Questions – Nancy Pollak and Deborah Trupin, Co-chairs
  • Presentation of the 2021 President’s Award
  • Old Business
  • New Business

   Please share your questions using the Q&A feature.