Artists' intent: Material culture studies and conservation

Nancy Odegaard

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The practice of ethnographic and archaeological conservation in the United States is in the midst of change. Some of the factors influencing these changes are discussed, and the expansion of the traditional conservation methodology, which is founded on a materials-based perspective, is suggested. Also explored are topics such as the inclusion of indigenous ideas and the context of an object in its culture or through its collection; the object's museum life; and its changes due to display, loan, photography, and treatment. All this is discussed within the context of an exhibit called Paths of Life, organized by the Arizona State Museum in 1987.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-193
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Institute for Conservation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Conservation
  • Museology


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