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Fossils, Federal Lands, and the Public Interest: Legal Issues and Challenges Facing Collectors, Scholars, and Museums

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Susan E. Leib

3026 Sycamore Lane, Milan, IL 61264; email: leib.susan@gmail.com

Abstract    One of the greatest challenges of fossil collecting relates to location. Recent issues regarding the discovery, sale, and donation of fossils (particularly dinosaur fossils) have led to the realization that better laws must be put into place to protect paleontological specimens. As many natural history museums contain unique paleontological specimens, understanding the rules and regulations of ownership currently in place may help to dispel future problems.

As one of my geology professors used to say, “The rocks are where the rocks are.” The rocks you are looking for are never in a convenient place; they cannot come to you, you must go to them. Of course, it is always more convenient when the outcrop of choice is located on public land, easily accessible to anyone who is interested in further study. However, issues arise when fossil hunters, both amateur and professional, do not obtain a permit for collecting fossils, or simply do not realize the repercussion of collecting illegally in a certain area.

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What if The Only Legacy of New Media Is a Static Image? The Curatorial Struggle in Preserving New Media’s Aesthetics and Art Practices

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Lanfranco Aceti

Associate Professor in Contemporary Art and Digital Culture, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University, Room 2082 Orhanli/Tuzla 34956 Istanbul, Turkey phone: +90 (216) 483 9292; aceti@sabanciuniv.edu

Abstract    The preservation and exhibition of computer and new media artworks is affected by the necessity to present a traditional and objectified image to the viewers. New media practices and computer arts are characterized by evolutionary processes and technological supports that contribute to shaping and defining the aesthetic. If ‘migration’ and ‘emulation’ represent a curatorial strategy or methods for collections’ management, preservation and display to deal with the obsolescence of computer and media-based artworks, the strategy of ‘extrapolation and objectification’ may represent another opportunity to address some of the difficulties presented by the immateriality of these art forms.

Perhaps the methodologies of display should be changed and the possibilities of new media technologies exploited for new curatorial approaches even when they challenge the authority of both the author and the curator by focusing on the representation of the environmental interaction and the importance of multiple media formats of circulation of contemporary digital cultural expressions.

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Notes from the Field

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Heather A. Wade

CAE, Executive Director, The Conococheague Institute for the Study of Cultural Heritage, 12995 Bain Road, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania 17236, (717)328-3467, email: heatherwade@innernet.net

Note: At the time that I wrote this article, I served on the faculty of Emporia State University as University Archivist.

Late in the fall 2009 semester, Dean Joyce Davis announced at a meeting of the University Libraries and Archives Administrative Team at Emporia State University that a new undergraduate summer research program had been proposed and it was anticipated that funding would be available to begin the program in the summer of 2010. She had committed funding from our unit to show support for the program, which, regardless of its specific participants’ areas of study, was bound to involve academic resources in the Libraries and Archives.

Dr. Tim Burnett, associate professor of biological sciences, had spearheaded the development of the summer research program in conjunction with the university’s Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Committee. Based on a National Institute of Health-funded,1 state-wide program called the Kansas Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (KINBRE), which emphasized support for undergraduates to gain hands-on research experience in the sciences to encourage them to go on to graduate studies and to develop into career-professionals.2 Using the Kansas Idea Network as a template, faculty at Emporia State University developed a curriculum-wide undergraduate summer research model that would function as follows:

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Princes, Dukes, and Counts: Pedigrees and Problems in the Kress Collection

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Nancy H. Yeide

National Gallery of Art

Project Overview In 2010 the Samuel H. Kress Foundation supported a grant for centralized provenance research on the Kress collection of Old Master paintings donated by the Foundation to repositories across the United States. The grant supports museum best practices in the field of provenance research and transparency in museum collection information—as promoted by the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Art Museum Directors—and also advances the Samuel H. Kress Foundation’s mission to serve the field of art history as practiced in American art museums. The project is based at the National Gallery of Art, which has taken a leadership role in the field of provenance research, facilitated by its location in Washington in close proximity to the United States National Archives, the Archives of American Art, and its own outstanding art historical research resources. The project is centered on a systematic approach to research that provides methodological efficiencies, economies of scale and a consistency in research standards that would not be capitalized upon if conducted independently by Kress repositories or on a case by case basis. The current article is a preliminary report on the project.

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Managing Conservation without a Conservator on Staff

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Katharine Untch

Conservator, Architectural Resources Group, Pier 9 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111 (email: katy@argsf.com).

AbstractMuseums that do not have a conservator on staff can still achieve a high standard of conservation care. Basic steps to achieve this goal include: consulting with conservators, conducting assessments, prioritizing tasks, writing a plan, finding funding, and conducting improvements in phases. A brief overview of roles, responsibilities, and qualifications aids in understanding when it is advantageous to engage conservation services. Examples of common pitfalls, such as forgoing conservation consultations or mismatching experience and tasks, serve to guide the reader toward sound standards of conservation management. Common conservation myths are addressed in three case studies to elucidate common challenges and how they may be addressed. The basic model presented should serve well to improve conservation management, conservation project design, and improve a museum’s success in attracting external funding for conservation related projects.

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