Open Forum

 View Only

FAIC Social Justice and Conservation

  • 1.  FAIC Social Justice and Conservation

    Posted 02-10-2021 11:41 AM
    The final panel in the FAIC Social Justice and Conservation series will take place on Monday, February 22nd at 4 - 5:30PM (EST). Please register for this free event through the FAIC website.

    Conservation Is Not Neutral: Emotion and Bias in Our Work


    The recent protests of racial injustice in America has led to conversations on how museums and those who work in them historically dictate whose stories are told and what materials are valued through their preservation.  Conservators, as an agent of preservation, are often at the crux of these issues. Traditional models of conservation have taught us to attempt to maintain scientific objectivity at all times. In reality what has historically been called "objectivity" is actually just the continuation of the majority perspective, which was enshrined as 'objective fact' by scientific theories that went hand in hand with colonial subjugation of non-white people. As museums begin to acknowledge their role in upholding colonial perspectives, conservators are also reexamining their role.This session will explore the principle of neutrality in conservation and discuss how bias contributes to inequity in our field.

    LaStarsha McGarity, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Objects Conservation at the National Gallery o fArt in Washington, DC
    Anita Dey, third-year graduate student in the Garman Art Conservation Department at SUNY Buffalo State specializing in paper conservation.

    Dr. Jontyle Robinson, Curator of the Legacy Museum at Tuskegee University and the Founding Director of the Alliance of HBCU Museums and Galleries
    LaTanya Autry, co-founder of Museums Are Not Neutral and Gund Curator in Residence at MOCA Cleveland
    Jamaal Sheats, Director/Curator of Fisk University Art Gallery and practicing artist