Melbourne University, Faculty of Arts Public Lecture:

Conservation Challenges of Contemporary Art

Ms Jane Norman

Museums develop standards for protecting works of art under their care and this process, while constantly evolving, is tested most vigorously with the acquisition, installation and collections care of contemporary art. The ephemeral nature of many works, the involvement of living artists, and the questions raised when preserving the integrity of conceptual artwork with replacement components: these are some of the issues facing conservators working to protect and conserve contemporary art. The talk will highlight several examples from American collections where collaboration, compromise and tradition-based conservation training helped find solutions to new challenges in the field of conservation.

Biography: Jane Norman is an objects conservator, currently in private practice in Washington, D.C. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a Master of Arts degree in Ethnographic and Archeological Conservation, both from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She worked for many years at the Smithsonian Institution, first in the Anthropology Conservation Laboratory at the National Museum of Natural History and then at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, where she was the Exhibitions Conservator. Jane is currently a research associate of the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, as well as a conservator in private practice.

This lecture if supported by the Macgeorge Bequest

Date: Tuesday 29 March, 5.30 – 6.30pm

Venue: Theatre 2, Old Geology Building, The University of Melbourne, Parkville

Admission is free

For further information contact: Dr Nicole Tse, Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation,, tel. 03 8344 0354