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Special Lecture

Saturday, September 22, 2012
06:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Venue : 
Conference Hall, Tibet House
Ms Ann Shaftel & Dr. Robert J. Koestler


The Presenters:

Ann Shaftel serves as a Preservation Consultant for international clients. Ann has the highest international credentials in this field: Fellow of the International Institute of Conservation, Fellow of American Institute for Conservation, a member of Canadian Association of Professional Conservators. She holds an MS degree in Art Conservation, and MA degree in Asian Art History.  Ann’s clients include governments, museums, archives, universities, and Buddhist monasteries worldwide, including the Art Institute of Chicago, American Museum of Natural History, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The Field Museum, Rubin Museum of Art, Yale University, University of Michigan Museum, University of Pennsylvania Museum, Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, Royal Ontario Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, University of Melbourne, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Mindrolling Monastery and other monasteries and nunneries. Ann teaches training sessions on The Care of Sacred Art in North America, Europe, Australia, India, Bhutan, and China. Ann is active in Preservation Outreach, on TV, radio, online and in print. She has written and published many scholarly and practical articles, including in the Journal of Art Theft.

Robert J. Koestler has been director of the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) since August 2004. He has a 40 years of museum experience include nearly 24 years at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and eight years at the American Museum of Natural History.  He has served as an adjunct professor for New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center, and many other universities; appeared on the PBS program “Innovation” and the BBC’s “Nova” and was featured in an April 2004, Nature article and been editor of the Elsevier journal International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation since 1994, and editor-in-chief since 2006. He also published more than 100 papers and severaledited volumes in conservation science, and have consulted on many projects worldwide for foundations, museums, collections, and government conservation institutes. In 2010, He was invited by the French Ministry of Culture to serve on the Conseil scientifique de la grotte de Lascaux.


Topic: Science and the Sacred: the Preservation of Sacred Art

Speakers: Ms Ann Shaftel & Dr Robert J. Koestler

Venue: Conference Hall, Tibet House

Date: September 22, 2012

Time: 06:00 pm


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