Ephemeral Yet Enduring: Challenges in Contemporary Conservation


Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Menschel Hall, Lower Level, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St.

Presented by: Harvard Art Museums
Admission: Free. Following the lecture, the special exhibition galleries will remain open until 8pm.
Museum Hours: Open daily 10am–5pm
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Narayan Khandekar, director of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies and senior conservation scientist, and Angela Chang, assistant director and conservator of objects and sculpture, will discuss the various issues that arise in conserving contemporary art.

In particular, they will focus on how Doris Salcedo, as evidenced in her works in the current special exhibition Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning, takes a seemingly impossible idea and makes it a reality. The presentation will conclude with a detailed examination of Salcedo’s A Flor de Piel—which is comprised of rose petals and thread—and a discussion of the challenges involved in maintaining the work.

The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway.

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.

The exhibition has been made possible by the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family, the Charles O. Wood III and Miriam M. Wood Foundation, Marguerite Steed Hoffman and Thomas W. Lentz, Catherine Marcus Rose and William Rose, Bridgitt and Bruce Evans, Mark N. Diker and Deborah A. Colson, and Elaine Levin. In addition, the following endowed funds have provided crucial support: the Agnes Gund Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art; the Alexander S., Robert L., and Bruce A. Beal Exhibition Fund; and the Harvard Art Museums Mellon Publication Funds, including the Henry P. McIlhenny Fund.