“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3,1). All matter eventually deteriorates. A responsible conservator is obliged to conform to the profession’s International Code of Ethics, which states that the main duty of a conservator is to strive to preserve cultural heritage for future generations at the highest standards. Nevertheless, could and should this task always be fulfilled? And how? Hadas Seri, a conservator at the Israel Museum, will share the nature of her daily work as an Object Conservator at the “Metals and Organic Materials Conservation Laboratory”. Seri will speak about a variety of projects that will exemplify the technical and ideological dilemmas conservators face in a museum context. The recorded talk:
Hadas Seri is an Object Conservator working for the past 7 years at the Conservation Laboratory for Metals and Organic Materials at the Israel Museum (IMJ). She is a B.Sc graduate in Chemistry and Art History from the Hebrew University, M.A graduate in Art History from the Hebrew University, and second M.A in Art Conservation (artifact stream) from Queen’s University, Kingston ON. Seri interned in several institutions, among them: The Conservation Laboratory of the Greek Agora, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece, The Museum of Canadian Civilization, Ottawa, Canada and the Conservation Laboratory of the Institute of Archeology at the Hebrew University. In addition, she worked for 2 years at the Israel Antiquities Authority as a ceramic’s conservator.
The conversation will be held in Hebrew.
Credit: Amir Ronen