Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Scientific Testing of Art and Textiles - Mini-Symposium

Date: Thursday, 11 February 2010
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Location: de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, CA

Scholars from around the globe will speak about some of the major scientific techniques used to analyze works of art and textiles. Their presentations will highlight the advantages and limitations of scientific testing in attempting to answer questions of provenance, dating, authenticity and conservation.

Speakers are expected to include:

Christina Hellmich: Introduction: Curator of Oceanic Art and the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will give an introduction.

Dr. Mark Gilberg: Perspectives on Resolving Authenticity and Provenance Issues

Director of the Suzanne D. Booth and David G. Booth Conservation Center at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Dr. Sonia O’Connor: Toy Stories to Textile Stories: The Benefits of X-Ray Vision

Research Fellow in Conservation at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Greg Hodgins: Radiocarbon Dating Museum Objects

Assistant Research Scientist and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the National Science Foundation – Arizona Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Jürg Rageth: From Visual Guesstimate to Scientific Estimate

Independent Researcher of Oriental Carpets and Textiles based in Riehen, Switzerland.

Dilys Johns: Conservation of pre-European waterlogged organic artifacts and their context in Aotearoa, New Zealand

Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand .

Lesley Bone: Moderator for Q&A: Objects Conservator, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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