As you may know, there is an effort underway at many museums to eliminate in-person courier travel, replacing this practice with a variety of virtual methods to monitor works while on loan. While these measures have been necessary during the last year due to worldwide travel restrictions, some institutions are making permanent changes to their loan policies, ceasing to require in-person couriers for outgoing loans, and in turn declining to offer support for couriers for requested loans.
This important change in practice will be the topic of a panel discussion / presentation at the 2021 AIC Annual Meeting, on May 4th at 12 pm EST. At this time, we hope to share the results of a survey and other summarized thoughts from the conservation community.
While a museum's courier policy is an endorsed document, it provides a framework that is implemented through procedures that are evolving as the field shifts beyond traditional courier accompaniment of artworks. AIC believe that the panel discussion and contributions to this survey can provide valuable additions to existing procedures, leveraging conservators' expertise to enhance the safety of the art.
Below are additional details about the Annual Meeting panel discussion:
MODERATORS: Sarah Scaturro, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Francesca Casadio, Art Institute of Chicago
Speaker: Allison Langley, Art Institute of Chicago
Topic: Sending art without a courier: the conservator's perspective
Speaker: Wendela Brouwer and Margot Leerink, Rijksmuseum
Topic: Deinstalling Caravaggio – Bernini, a virtual experience from the perspective of the registrar
Speaker: Merv Richard, National Gallery of Art
Topic: Finding a balance: using couriers and technology together in a changing world
Speaker: Beth Edelstein, Cleveland Museum of Art
Topic: How are conservators managing this shift? Conversations from the field
For more information go to: https://flame.firebird.systems/AIC/AIC2021/MyProgrammes#Entry.ItemPage.1...