AIC's 46th Annual Meeting

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The 46th Annual Meeting will take place May 29 - June 2, 2018 in Houston, TX at the:

Marriott Marquis Houston
1777 Walker Street
Houston, Texas 77010

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Check below for scheduling information, including a calendar of events.

Meeting Theme: "Material Matters 2018"

Papers are solicited that demonstrate the impact of material studies – or studies of materials – on the conservation profession, including the emergence of innovative treatments, new ways of “looking” and “seeing,” shifts in decision-making and desired outcomes, and changes in collection care strategies. Also welcome are explorations of the impact of trending “materiality” studies on related disciplines including archaeology, museum and curatorial fields, and art history among others. Topics can include, but are not limited to: cutting-edge imaging and analysis techniques of materials, new materials having conservation applications, revelations about the meaning and significance of materials within an artist’s work, and improved methods of authentication. Four concurrent general session sub-themes have been identified with more to be identified based on the submissions. To view the sub-themes and learn more about the programs, please visit the Call for Papers page.

Information on other pre-sessions, workshops, receptions, and tours coming soon! Stay tuned! 

Pre-session Themes 

AIC will also be offering a selection of workshops and tours on the pre-session days of May 29 – 30, 2018. In addition, and for the first time, AIC will debut ticketed pre-sessions on May 29 and 30 which will center around the following pre-session themes.

May 29, 2018
The Use of Leather in Conservation: The current use of leather in book conservation & beyond

Leather has long been used as a repair material for damaged leather bindings. The working properties of historic leathers can be very different than modern ones. In recent years, conservators have begun to employ other materials, such as paper or cast acrylic, as an alternative to leather in book conservation treatments. Tanned animal skins offer less long-term stability and may be more difficult to prepare than other materials, but may also provide better strength and flexibility in a functioning book.

Should conservators continue to employ leather using traditional book repair techniques on leather bindings? Should we abandon the use of tanned skins in favor of more chemically stable materials? Do alternative book repair materials really stand up to the mechanical stresses of use?

We seek a group of speakers for a symposium that will focus on the use of leather in conservation. Speakers would include conservators who fully support the use of leather and conservators who do not and have found ways to successfully avoid it altogether. Objects conservators are also invited to submit proposals, as we all may face similar working properties and limitations with current and historic leathers. Topics of interest would also include leather manufacturing processes and materials (both historic and contemporary) and materials science research with a focus on leather. 

Speaker sessions will be followed by a discussion involving audience input, experiences, and debate. The final structure of the symposium will be determined by the proposals submitted.

May 30, 2018 Whose Cultural Heritage? Whose Conservation Strategy?

To what degree should conservation treatments, collection management policies, and collection care programs be customized for diverse cultures and audiences? What are the barriers to promoting a more diverse workforce in cultural heritage conservation and how can they be overcome?  Papers are solicited that discuss these and other issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and access in cultural heritage preservation. Topics can include, but are not limited to, approaches to the appropriate treatment and contextual display of cultural artifacts, preservation in public and private spaces including monuments or sacred sites, the dismantling of Confederate monuments, participation of stakeholder communities, training for allied professionals and other supporters, and the challenge and impacts of achieving diversity and equity on our field, including related funding needs.

Schedule 2018

*Events marked with an asterisk are ticked events. 

Please note: Due to hours at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the All-Attendee Opening Reception (which is included with registration) has been moved to Friday, June 1. Specialty Group Receptions will be held on Thursday, May 31

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