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The International Institute for Conservation (IIC) invites you to join us online for our free web streaming of our Point of the Matter Dialogue on:

“Viral Images. Exploring the historic and conservation challenges of objects created for social protest and solidarity"

Historic events of the past years have highlighted art as a creative means of social expression as well as a powerful tool used during social protests. A few images and words scribbled on a collection of post-it-notes or a graphically designed phrase captured in a Tweet heard around the world have had an unexpectedly lasting influence. But what happens to the art work when the protesters leave? Was it ever intended to be collected or preserved? Is there precedence for archiving these ephemeral materials? Who is collecting them? How do we preserve the intent and impact of these creative works for posterity? Archiving this form of cultural heritage presents many challenges.

The dialogue will take place tomorrow, Tuesday February 14, 2017 from 2:30-5:00pm in the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall of the Uris Educational Center of the Metropolitan Museum of Art ( 5th Avenue & 82nd Street, New York City). There is no charge to attend the event, which is open to the public. The event will be streamed live on the IIC Website and may be viewed by linking to:

The program will include six panel members who will discuss the subject of creating, collecting, and preserving Protest Art with the audience through questions and open dialogue. IIC members watching the event through the IIC website may contribute questions to the dialogue by logging into the IIC website with their membership ID and password so they can watch the live streaming of the event and submit questions in the comment box at the bottom of the viewing page.


  • Aaron Bryant, Mellon Curator of Photography at Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and culture
  • Michael Gould-Wartofsky, sociologist and author of “The Occupiers. The Making of the 99% Movement”
  • Christian Scheidemann, conservator and founder of Contemporary Conservation Ltd.
  • Gregory Sholette, founding member of Political Art Documentation/Distribution and Associate Professor, Sculpture and co-founder of Social Practice Queens(Queens College, City University of New York)
  • Lidia Uziel, Head of the Western Languages Division (WLD) and Bibliographer for Western Europe, Harvard Library
  • Dr. Ralph Young, Professor of History, Temple University and author of “Dissent: The History of an American Idea” and “ Make Art Not War: Political Protest Posters from the Twentieth Century”

For those in attendance the program will also feature:
A preview of the film "STREETWRITE", written and directed by Blanche Baker. Political graffiti has a long history, dating back at the very least to the walls of Ancient Rome. It represents an alternative means of expression that gives voice to the issues and concerns of the common people. This tradition of free expression forms the basis of STREETWRITE, a movie musical that asks the question, “How can speech be free, if only those who pay can speak?” and Artists Fighting Fascism: Rebecca Goyette, Brian Andrew Whiteley and Kenya (Robinson) Rebecca Goyette, Brian Andrew Whiteley and Kenya (Robinson) will be presenting their multimedia activist artworks in a performative/interactive presentation. Their works share a comedic dissection of the current political climate.

There are still a few seats left, so if you are able to attend please register to receive your admittance ticket on our Eventbrite page for this event.
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We hope to see you there or by joining us online!

Amber Kerr and Rebecca Rushfield, IIC Dialogue Organisers

Funding for this program is possible through generous contributions made through private gifts, Just Giving crowd-funding, and by Golden Artist Paints. If you'd like to contribute to future events please consider donating to the IIC Point of the Matter Dialogues through our fundraising campaign at Thank you!

Tuesday, 14 February, 2017 - 00:00