Public lecture "Conserving Art and Nature : how to deal with change"

30 August 2022

Venue: Naturalis Biodiversity Center

For centuries, specialists in art conservation and nature conservation have been developing strategies to conserve and protect cultural and natural heritage. Until now, art and nature conservation have developed largely independently of each other. With the growing realization that a return to a former pure state (the original) is impossible both for nature and for art conservation, comes a strong wish to start a dialogue. This dialogue is the aim of the workshop Conserving Art & Nature.


In the public lecture, experts from both fields – Glenn Wharton from heritage conservation and Dolly Jørgenson from nature conservation - discuss conservation practices in their respective fields:

Glenn Wharton: Art Conservation as Change Agent: Towards a sustainable future
Dolly Jørgenson: Nature is Never a Blank Canvas

The lecture is followed by a conversation moderated by Tinde van Andel. In this conversation, Glenn and Dolly look forward and discuss how our fields can provide each other inspiration for a sustainable and socially just conservation of art and nature.


19.00    welcome
19.30    start lectures Glenn Wharton and Dolly Jørgenson
21.00    drinks
21.30    end


You can register here.


Dolly Jørgensen is Professor of History at University of Stavanger, Norway and Co-editor-in-chief of the journal Environmental Humanities. She is an historian of the environment and technology and an environmental humanities scholar. Her research spans from medieval to contemporary environmental issues. Dolly’s current research agenda focuses on cultural histories of animal extinction, and she recently published Recovering Lost Species in the Modern Age: Histories of Longing and Belonging (MIT Press, 2020). She is also interested in how human technologies shape the world around us and how we come to understand what is "natural" and what is not.

Glenn Wharton is Professor of Art History at UCLA and Chair of the UCLA/Getty Interdepartmental Program in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage. His experience in cultural heritage conservation includes serving as Conservation Director for the Japanese Institute for Anatolian Archaeology in Turkey, developing MoMA’s time-based media conservation program, and co-directing the NYU-based Artist Archives Initiative. His publications cover a range of initiatives in the anthropology of public monuments, artwork identity, and enhancing sustainability and social justice through conservation intervention. 

Tinde van Andel was trained as a tropical ecologist and has done research on traditional plant uses in South America, the Caribbean and western Africa for the past 30 years. She holds the Naturalis chair in Ethnobotany at Wageningen University and the Clusius chair in History of Botany and Gardens at Leiden University. Her current research focuses on traditional rice cultivation by Suriname Maroons and historic herbaria kept in the treasure room of Naturalis.


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