Photograph by Jack Delano Library of Congress
I’ve got my 1. registration (thanks Gutmann funding) 2. plane ticket 3. hotel.
I’ve also got 1. my roomate, Colombian textile conservator Catalina Hernandez - who will be presenting about her research on the use of surgical fabrics in textile conservation, a prequel of her research can be downloaded from the Washington Conservation Guild newsletter.
2. around $200 left in my book fund to buy the Getty Publications floor copies of their books.
I feel pretty prepared, and now to look over the schedule.
I am flying in on Tuesday mid-day. There will be an Emerging Conservation Professional Network (ECPN) event that evening, time and place are TBD. I will probably spend most of Tuesday wandering around the city or in my hotel room working on finalizing a report for WUDPAC.
I am probably attending most of the Objects Specialty Group sessions, and I am very interested in hearing the joint lunch with the Objects Specialty Group and the Electronic Media Group, covering case studies in contemporary art hosted by the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art-North America (INCCA-NA). Glenn Wharton is speaking at Winterthur on Wednesday, February 24th so I might get a preview of the case studies that will be discussed in May.
I am also definitely going to attend some of the lectures about environmental standards and sustainability, as that has been the focus of my preventive conservation studies. There will be two presentations on Wednesday, May 12th in the afternoon general session: Steve Weintraub will be discussing how to quantify risk of damage with environmental standards, and Patty Silence will be discusing the challenges of sustainable conservation in the 21st Century.
On Thursday I can sleep in and see the poster session at 10AM, then go to the IIC Roundtable discussion about environmental standards. This was one of my main reasons for attending this year, as I had to convince myself that I could take the time off and why the AIC meeting this year was going to be important to my future research. I found many explanations as to why conservators have certain environmental standards and most of my research convinced me that standards are not based on scientific research but dependent on what building systems can maintain. The roundtable has a number of very important conservators, scientists, and directors and I am very interested to hear what they have to say.
Friday it will be the objects sessions in the morning, then a lecture in the afternoon from the Wooden Artifacts Group (WAG) - Changing Requirements for the Museum Environment.
Saturday I will be giving a hand with the ‘Angels Project’ (which I haven’t figured out how to sign-up for yet, if anyone knows please post in the comments section). I fly back to Delaware on Saturday afternoon.