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ART BIO MATTERS

2021

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

SEPTEMBER 22 - 24, 2021

8:00 AM - 1:30 PM EST

MISSION STATEMENT

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.

Event Details

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IMPORTANT DATES

Mid May

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

DAY 1

Session 1:     Identifying Unknown Biological Materials - Avoiding a Scattershot Approach
Session 2:     Searching for Hidden Biological Materials

DAY 2

DAY 3

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

ORGANIZERS

JULIE ARSLANOGLU

Research Scientist, Department of Scientific Research, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

MARGARET HOLBEN ELLIS

Eugene Thaw Professor Emerita, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

STEERING COMMITTEE

DR. ERMA HERMENS

Professor in Studio Practice and Technical Art History, Rijksmuseum

DR. CHRISTOPHER MASON

Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine

DR. CONSTANTINE PETRIDIS

Chair and Curator Arts of Africa, The Art Institute of Chicago

AMY TJIONG

Conservator, American Museum of Natural History

DR. CAROLINE TOKARSKI

Professor, University of Bordeaux

FRANK TRUJILLO

Drue Heinz Book Conservator, The Morgan Library & Museum

COORDINATOR

DR. ALEKSANDRA POPOWICH

Research Associate, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

ORGANIZERS

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A special thanks to the Richard Lounsbery Foundation for their support of ART BIO MATTERS.