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Museum Studies Information Session
Held November 13, 2017 | 6:00-7:30pm



Ingrid Neuman, instructor of Collections Care and Preventive Conservation, has just returned from attending the 46th annual conference of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works which was entitled "Material Matters" and was held in Houston, Texas where 1150 people attended. Some of the highlights included taking an all day workshop on "Oddy Testing" which is a vital test that museums perform to evaluate the quality of their exhibition and storage materials on a chemical basis. This workshop was led by a variety of conservators and a scientist from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A second workshop that Ingrid took involved learning how to remove scratches from high-gloss plastic materials which should prove to be very useful in the museum context both for accessioned works of art and exhibition materials such as showcases; also a very specialized area of expertise which was taught by European private sculpture conservators working in New York City. Dozens of concurrent lectures were focused on the conservation of paintings, sculpture, wooden objects, textiles, works of art on paper and photographs, and especially the ever evolving and challenging electronic and time-based media. Issues especially relevant to our class on Collections Care and Preventive Conservation FAH281/HIST291 were:  Problematic Materials, Imaging Technology and Disaster Preparedness as well as Sustainability and Storage Tips.  At the Objects "Tips" session, Ingrid presented on a new polypropylene plastic board which may prove to be very useful in the museum field once it has been further tested and vetted by the MFA Boston which is on-going. A particularly stimulating exhibition at the The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where we had our opening reception, was one on infrared imaging of historic oil paintings which revealed artist changes during the production of the art work which are not visible to the naked eye. Next year the AIC conference, will be held at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and the focus will be Collections Care! Hopefully some of our Tufts students will take advantage of that!

The Museum Education Roundtable republished Cynthia Robinson's May museum studies newsletter entry in its blog, Read "Supreme Justice Through a Museum."

Ken Turino, co-instructor of the Exhibition Planning and the Revitalizing Historic House Museums courses, produced the documentary, Rooted: Cultivating Community in the Vermont Grange, which was directed by former Museum Studies student, Charlotte Barrett, who now works for Historic New England and Ken. The film, done in partnership with the Vermont Folklife Center, is part of Historic New England's Everyone's History community engagement project. The film had premieres in April at the two granges featured in the film, East Bethal and West Topsham, Vermont. The film will be shown at granges and community centers throughout Vermont and is being submitted to Vermont Public Television.

Tara Young, instructor of Museum Education for K-12 Audiences, presented at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) conference on May 7, participating as a panelist in the session "Age: The Forgotten Diversity?" Tara was also selected as a Tufts University Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) Faculty Fellow for fall 2018.

Ken Turino, co-instructor of the Exhibition Planning and Revitalizing Historic House Museums courses, participated in a panel Engaging Programs = Engaging Communities at the American Association for State and Local History annual conference in Austin Texas this month along with Max van Balgooy of Engaging Places and the Seminar for Historic Administration, Christian Cotz, Director of Education and Visitor Engagement, James Madison's Montpelier and Dawn DiPrince, Director of Community Museums, History Colorado. There was a standing room only live session and then the session was repeated as a webinar which is now available on the AASLH web site. The session with this addition of Ana Nuncio of the House of Seven Gables will be offered at the NEMA annual meeting in Falmouth this October.

Ken was also the featured speaker at the AASLH Historic House Committee Breakfast where he spoke on the most exciting trends in interpretation in Britain and the US.

Ingrid Neuman, instructor of Collections Care and Preventive Conservation, was awarded a Naum Gabo Trust traveling scholarship to attend the 50th anniversary ICOM-CC (International Council on Museums - Conservation Working Group) meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. This meeting's theme was connecting the Past to the Future. Over 1000 conservators form 60 countries attended throughout the five-day conference. Included with the travel grant was the additional opportunity to visit museum collections and colleagues who specialize in the conservation of contemporary art in both Copenhagen, Malmo and Stockholm. While Ingrid was in Copenhagen, she also met with fellow international colleagues who are involved, as is she, in the Getty's APPEAR Project to create an international database on ancient Egyptian Fayum portraits which included examining 8 more portraits located in Copenhagen museums. Ingrid was also invited to visit the Royal Danish Conservation School which was a special opportunity. In Stockholm, Ingrid was able to visit the VASA Museum and plans to incorporate this unique conservation/collections care preservation effort, of this 333 year old wooden ship, into her course this spring. She reports that there is nothing like visiting our international museum colleagues, there is so much to learn and share!

Cynthia Robinson is pleased to announce a new issue of the Journal of Museum Education (42.3). The guest edited section, called "Does Museum Education have a Canon?," includes articles from museum professionals in Vienna, Copenhagen, and Oxford, as well as the U.S. The issue also contains a thought piece by Melanie Adams of the Minnesota Historical Society, on "Deconstructing System of Bias in the Museum Field using Critical Race Theory." JME is available both online and in print through Tisch Library. Cynthia is the Editor-In-Chief of JME.