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Preservation: Life, Death, and the Afterlife in the Museum

Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA

Apr 30 2019
Preservation: Life, Death, and the Afterlife in the Museum

Sanchita Balachandran, of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, will explore how preservation determines what is remembered—and what is lost.

In 1933, Rutherford John Gettens, conservation scientist at the Fogg Art Museum, wrote a letter to his colleague Dr. S. Paramasivan to ask about the “peculiar problems” he faced in the conservation of archaeological objects at the Madras Government Museum, in India. Who, he wondered, has the right to preserve museum collections, and why? Whose histories are preserved and whose are erased or omitted through the preservation process?

Though nearly 90 years have passed since this

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Free admission, but seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 5:30pm at the Broadway entrance. One ticket per person.

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