ART BIO MATTERS (ABM) aims to provide a stimulating forum in which to explore current and new directions in the study of biological materials found in cultural heritage collections through a biannual meeting and a dedicated website. A key aspect of the forum is the opportunity to discuss research at any stage of completion among a balanced community of experts in a format designed to promote collegial dialogue and debate.
While the core disciplines of ABM are science, curatorial/cultural history, and conservation, ABM welcomes other stakeholders involved in cultural heritage studies.
ABM 2021 Virtual Conference
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The virtual ABM 2021 meeting aims to bring together a balanced community of experts for a dynamic forum for exchange. The goal of the ABM 2021 meeting is to nurture and grow the community that was established in 2018. Key to the meeting is the development of an updated website, which will serve as a communication hub to identify connections between advanced scientific approaches (e.g., DNA, mass-spectrometry, and antibody-based) and open research questions, thereby fostering focused and mutually beneficial collaborations, as well as providing educational resources.
The core principles that characterize the Art Bio Matters meeting are:
Equal participation of experts from the core ABM disciplines (science, conservation, and cultural history/curatorial), and other stakeholders involved in cultural history and conservation.
Curiosity and willingness to learn about unfamiliar specializations.
Respect and appreciation for the valuable contribution of all ABM disciplines to cultural heritage research in order to identify vital areas of study and focus resources.
Willingness to openly debate the strengths and weaknesses of analytical approaches as they relate to research questions of conservators and cultural historians/curators
Candid discussion of logistical and aspirational aspects of past projects to improve future ones.
Application to Register Open
Extended - July 9, 2021
Deadline for submission of abstracts for posters. Please see specific guidelines.
June 30, 2021
Notification of acceptance of presentations and posters. Posters submitted past initial deadline will be notified at a later date
August 6, 2021
Deadline for video submission for accepted presentations and posters.
August 6, 2021
Deadline for application to register for participants.
Notification of acceptance of participants.
August 16, 2021
All pre-recorded presentations made available to meeting participants for viewing.
August 23, 2021
ABM TENTATIVE PROGRAM
Eastern Standard Time
Session 1: Identifying Unknown Biological Materials - Avoiding a Scattershot Approach
Session 2: Searching for Hidden Biological Materials
Session 1: Conservation Treatments Re-evaluated
Session 2: Natural History Collections
Session 1: Minimally Invasive Analysis - Fact or Fantasy?
Session 2: “Meta Data” – Seeing the Bigger Picture
Research Scientist, Department of Scientific Research, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Eugene Thaw Professor Emerita, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Professor in Studio Practice and Technical Art History, Rijksmuseum
Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine
Chair and Curator Arts of Africa, The Art Institute of Chicago
Conservator, American Museum of Natural History
Professor, University of Bordeaux
Drue Heinz Book Conservator, The Morgan Library & Museum
Research Associate, The Metropolitan Museum of Art