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Photo courtesy of Sam Fogg, London.

Presented in conjunction with Luhring Augustine's exhibition, Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe, a one-day conference will be held on Saturday, January 25, 10:30am – 6pm at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York. The conference, titled Restoring the Past: Destruction, Restoration and Preservation of Medieval Art and Architecture, is inspired by the issues surrounding the efforts to restore the cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris and its treasures, this conference will focus on the past, present, and future of restoration in an attempt to examine the enduring life of Medieval art from its creation in the Middle Ages to today.


Link to exhibition: Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe


The conference is free and open to the public, but advance booking is essential to secure a place. Guests should RSVP to to reserve a seat.


Schedule of Events:

10:20     Registration

10:40    Introduction


10:50    Notre-Dame in Paris: Past, Present and Future

    Alexandra Gajewski (Burlington Magazine)

11:10    A Lucky Escape? The Preservation of the Painted Interior of St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster Palace

    Lloyd de Beer (British Museum)

11:30    The treatment of medieval stone sculptures: past and present authenticity

    Lucretia Kargere (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

11:50    Discussion

12:05     Coffee Break


12:25    Material Consequences of Theft: A Reconstruction of the Life of Christ and the Virgin tapestry at Canterbury Cathedral

    Rosamund Garret (Brooks Museum)

12:45    The Creation and Expulsion Window of Valentin Bousch: Restoration and Research

    Tim Husband (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

13:25     Discussion

13:45     Independent Lunch


15:15    Changing practices in the restoration and conservation of Canterbury Cathedral stained glass

    Madeline Caviness (Tufts University)

15:35    New light for the Black Prince: Recent technical investigations of the tomb effigy in Canterbury Cathedral.

    Emily Pegues (National Gallery of Art)

15:55    The Recent Restoration of Chartres Cathedral: Decision-making Methods and their Consequences

    Michele Marincola (NYU)

16:15    Discussion

16:30    Different Perspectives: A panel discussion with Sir Paul Ruddock, Sam Fogg, Griffith Mann and Lucretia Kargere

17:30     Conclusive remarks

18:00     Drinks and the Opening of Gothic Spirit: Medieval Art from Europe in the Luhring Augustine Gallery