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Converse with a Conservator | Folk & Self-Taught Art

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The art doctor is in! The new monthly series, Converse with a Conservator, invites you to chat with SAAM's conservators online.

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Join Objects Conservator Leah Bright for a lively conversation on the unique conservation challenges behind preserving the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of folk and self-taught art. Often composed of unconventional materials like plastic, tin foil, glitter, and bottle caps, the collection requires a nuanced conservation approach. Discover compelling stories behind the works, including James Hampton’s The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly, SAAM’s remarkable quilt collection, and Simon Sparrow’s glittery Assemblage with Found Objects.

Free | Registration required; space is limited. A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants 24–48 hours in advance of the program.

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