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Subject: Conference: Meant to Last? Preserving the Modern and Contemporary

Conference: Meant to Last? Preserving the Modern and Contemporary

From: Anastasia Matijkiw <amatijkiw<-a>
Date: Monday, August 11, 2014
Registration is now open

Meant to Last?  Preserving the Modern and Contemporary
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
October 27-28, 2014

    8:30 - 9am    Registration and Refreshments
    9:00 - 5pm    Program

Hosted and co-sponsored by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Presented by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
with major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities

The twentieth and twenty-first centuries introduced a bewildering
array of new materials, used to design a broad range of objects now
collected in museums, libraries, and archives.   Many artifacts were
designed to last the centuries, while others that were once
innovative show signs of deterioration.  Colors change and fade,
structures lose their integrity in unanticipated ways, or material
components become obsolete. Cultural institutions must understand
the long-term preservation needs of these items in order to
determine appropriate priorities for conservation, storage,
exhibition, documentation, and digitization. This two-day conference
will explore the guiding principles of collecting and caring for
artifacts of key historic importance from the recent past.
Participants will attend general sessions in the morning and then
have the option to select from concurrent sessions in the afternoon.

This program is intended for collections care staff responsible for
documenting, curating, conserving, and archiving modern and
contemporary materials.

Topics to be covered include:

    Thinking about Collecting
    Working with Living Artists: The Artist/Conservator Relationship
    Collecting Materials with Inherent Vice
    Interpreting Collections from the Recent Past
    Legal and Copyright Issues
    Collecting the Controversial
    Where Do We Go From Here?

Speakers to date include:

    Barbara Fahs Charles
    Staples and Charles, Ltd.

    Anna Dhody
    Curator, Mutter Museum

    Jon-Paul C. Dyson, PhD
    Director, International Center for the History of Electronic
    Games, The Strong National Museum of Play

    Charles Hardy III
    Professor of History, West Chester University

    Anne C. Jones
    Curator of Collections, The 1950's All-Electric House, Johnson
    County Museum

    William Davies King
    Author, Collections of Nothing, University of California, Santa

    Amber Morgan
    Collections Manager, The Andy Warhol Museum

    Linda Norris
    Author, The Uncatalogued Museum, Norris Museum Consulting

    Sarah Pharaon
    Program Director for North America, International Coalition of
    Sites of Conscience

    Gwynne Ryan
    Sculpture Conservator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

    Samantha Sheesley
    Paper Conservator, Conservation Center for Art and Historic

    Gregory Dale Smith PhD
    Otto N. Frenzel III Senior Conservation Scientist, Indianapolis
    Museum of Art

Registration, secure credit card payment, and additional program
information are available at


Major funding for this program was generously provided by the
National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional funding from
The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The
Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Independence Foundation.

Questions?  Call Preservation Services at 215-545-0613 or email us
at pso<-a t->ccaha< . >org

The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is
the largest nonprofit conservation laboratory in the United States,
serving other nonprofit cultural, education, and research
institutions, as well as private individuals and organizations.
Founded in 1977, CCAHA specializes in the treatment of works of art
and historic artifacts on paper, photographs, and books, as well as
works on parchment and papyrus. CCAHA's conservation and
preservation services staff develop and present educational
programs; conduct preservation assessments; provide assistance with
preservation planning; and develop emergency preparedness plans. Its
development department provides fundraising and grant writing
support to nonprofit institutions seeking assistance for
preservation and conservation projects.  CCAHA also offers digital
imaging services, fellowships, and disaster assistance. To learn
more about CCAHA and its programs, please visit


The College of Physicians of Philadelphia,
<URL:> founded in 1787, is the
oldest professional society in the country.  Throughout its 224-year
history, the College has provided a place for medical professionals,
community leaders, and the general public to learn about medicine as
a science and as an art.  Through its museums, library, and
programs, the College continues to advance the cause of health while
upholding the ideals and heritage of medicine. (19 South 22nd
Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103)

The Academy of Certified Archivists
<URL:> will award Archival
Recertification Credits to eligible Certified Archivists attending
this program. For more information, go to

Anastasia Matijkiw
Preservation Services Assistant
264 S. 23rd Street
Philadelphia PA 19103
Fax: 215-735-9313

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