Mini-Symposium: Scientific Testing of Art and Textiles

Maternity Figure (detail), 12th to 15th century. Mali, Djenne people. Earthenware. Gift of Marcia and John Friede. 2007.6

On February 11, 2010 the Conservaiton Department, the department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art and the Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Department of Textiles Arts hosted a mini-symposium at the de Young. An international lineup of scholars presented some of the major scientific techniques used to analyze works of art and textiles. Their presentations highlighted the advantages and limitations of scientific testing in attempting to answer questions of provenance, dating, authenticity and conservation.

Mini-Symposium on Scientific Testing of Art and Textiles
Mini-Symposium on Scientific Testing of Art and Textiles: Introduction by Lesley Bone
Mini-Symposium: Applying Science to Our Understanding and Interpretation of Museum Objects
Applying Science to Our Understanding and Interpretation of Museum Objects by Christina Hellmich
Mini-Symposium: Perspectives on Resolving Authenticity and Provenance Issues
Perspectives on Resolving Authenticity and Provenance Issues by Dr. Mark Gilberg
Mini-Symposium: Toy Stories to Textile Stories: The Benefits of X-Ray Vision
Toy Stories to Textile Stories: The Benefits of X-Ray Vision by Dr. Sonia O’Connor
Mini-Symposium: Radiocarbon-Dating Museum Objects
Radiocarbon-Dating Museum Objects by Dr. Greg Hodgins
Mini-Symposium: From Visual Guesstimate to Scientific Estimate – A Turkmen Tent Band Revisited
From Visual Guesstimate to Scientific Estimate–A Turkmen Tent Band Revisited by Jürg Rageth
Mini-Symposium: Conservation of Pre-European Waterlogged Organic Artifacts and Their Context in Aotearoa, New Zealand
Conservation of Pre-European Waterlogged Organic Artifacts and Their Context in Aotearoa, New Zealand by Dilys Johns
Mini-Symposium: Q&A
Mini-Symposium on Scientific Testing of Art and Textiles: Q&A
Mini-Symposium on Scientific Testing of Art and Textiles: Credit
Mini-Symposium on Scientific Testing of Art and Textiles: Credit