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Masterpiece Symposium 2022
Tuesday 15 February, 5–6.30pm GMT
Knowing Collections
This will explore how research within museums allows for the reconsideration of individual works or types of work, be that their facture, authorship, meaning, provenance or wider cultural significance. The conversation will cover the relationship between research and: display; conservation; exhibition-making; digitisation; and acquisitions. To what extent are collections rediscovered, in some sense, by successive generations of curators and conservators?

Paola D'Agostino, Director, Musei del Bargello, Florence
Helen Jacobsen, Executive Director, The Attingham Trust
Francesca Whitlum-Cooper, Associate Curator, National Gallery, London
Katie Ziglar, Director, Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Moderated by Thomas Marks, Associate Fellow, Warburg Institute, London

Wednesday 16 February, 5–6.30pm GMT
Modes of Discovery
This will focus on how the sharing of objects, images and data between institutions, and between them and the public, can lead to types of discovery that might not otherwise be possible. The conversation will explore collaboration between collections; institutional transparency about provenance and other types of information; the possibilities for public participation in research; and how new technologies such as machine learning and computer vision might generate new ways of understanding museum collections. What might we discover in and about museum collections in the not-too-distant future?

MacKenzie L. Mallon, Specialist, Provenance, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas
Rebecca Roberts, Project Coordinator, Arcadia MAHSA, and Research Associate, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Pip Willcox, Head of Research, The National Archives, Kew
Louisa Wood Ruby, Executive Director, PHAROS: The International Consortium of Photoarchives (formerly Head of Research, Frick Art Reference Library)
Moderated by Thomas Marks, Associate Fellow, Warburg Institute
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