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Dear Speakers for the Conserving Active Matter—Philosophy Symposium,

My name is Antonio Sánchez-Gómez, I am a doctoral candidate at the Bard Graduate Center and I’ll be assisting with academic events during Laura Minsky’s maternity leave.

For those of you staying at our residential facility, I am aware that you have received your accommodation confirmation with instructions for checking in at Bard Hall. If you have any questions regarding our residential facility please contact Miao Chen at

Please find below a complete program and set of instructions for next week’s events. If you have any questions, please contact me at

We are very much looking forward to your visit.

Antonio Sánchez-Gómez
Academic Events


Thursday, November 7

2:30 pm
Please arrive at the staff entrance of the conservation laboratories of the Museum of Modern Art, located at:

42 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019

Workshop: Conservation of Active Matter

Dean’s Dinner

On behalf of Dean Peter N. Miller, you are invited to a Dean’s Dinner in the penthouse of our Research Center and Library, located at 38 West 86th St., New York, NY 10024. These informal dinners are hosted after select events and include BGC faculty, fellows, students, and invited guests.
Please RSVP to by November 4.

Before the end of the day…
Please send the visual materials for your Friday talk to in order to avoid last-minute compatibility issues.


Friday, November 8.

8:30 am
Arrival at the Bard Graduate Center:

38 West 86th St.,
New York, NY 10024
Light breakfast will be served

9 am
Peter N. Miller
Bard Graduate Center

9:15 am
A.W. Eaton
University of Illinois at Chicago
Ivan Gaskell
Bard Graduate Center

Session I: Growth in Decay
(Chair: A.W. Eaton) 

9:30 am
Erich Hatala Matthes
Wellesley College
What Can Conservation Conserve? 

9:55 am
Alva Noë
University of California, Berkeley
Entanglement and Death 

10:20 am

10:45 am
Coffee Break

Session II: Wabi-Sabi, Kintsugi, and the Joys of Deformation and Rupture
(Chair: A.W. Eaton)

11 am
Yuriko Saito
Rhode Island School of Design
Aesthetics of Repair 

11:25 am
Rumiko Handa
University of Nebraska
Time and Imperfection 

11:50 am

12:15 pm
Lunch Break
You are all invited for lunch in our penthouse. 

Session III: Puzzles in Modern and Contemporary Art and Material Culture
(Chair: Ivan Gaskell)

1:30 pm
Francesca Esmay
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Jeffrey Weiss
Independent Curator
Iteration, Example, Version: The Variable Realization of Minimal Art 

1:55 pm
Sherri Irvin
University of Oklahoma
The Expressive Import of Degradation and Decay in Contemporary Art 

2:20 pm

2:45 pm
Coffee Break

Session IV: Worlds in Ruins
(Chair: Ivan Gaskell)

3 pm
Carolyn Korsmeyer
University at Buffalo, SUNY
Degradation: Appearance and/or/vs. Reality 

3:25 pm
Elisabeth Schellekens
University of Uppsala
Beauty, Destruction, and the Temple of Bel 

3:50 pm

Session V

4:15 pm
Panel Discussion

5:15 pm

BGCTV Logo BGCTV This event will be livestreamed. A link to the video will be posted to the event listing the day of the talk.
Cultures of Conservation Logo This event is part of our “Cultures of Conservation” initiative, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.