Joannie Bottkol & Jim Carter
“Conserving Collections: Recognizing Layers of Narrative”
Conservation treatments, which are tied to a specific period of significance, are often limited in the narrative they tell. Sometimes, however, an object holds other important stories, which could or should be acknowledged. This talk presents three case studies in which a conservation intervention has broadened the narratives being told about a work or site, thereby expanding our knowledge and enriching our understanding of the piece.
Joannie Bottkol is the Booth Family Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation and Conservation and Conservator at the Historic Architecture, Conservation, and Engineering Center in the Northeast Region of the National Park Service.
“Gender in Olivetti History”
The success of the Olivetti typewriter company owes a lot to the labor of women workers, as it does to the commercialization of gendered images. This talk asks why scholars of Olivetti have ignored such apparent details and looks to factory photographs and company advertisements in an attempt to recuperate some of this history.
Jim Carter is the Marian and Andrew Heiskell Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Modern Italian Studies and PhD candidate in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan.
The shoptalks will be held in English. Watch this event live at https://livestream.com/aarome.