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Very interesting and well-organized presentation.
This course was both informative and thought-provoking. I would happily have attended more sessions
This outstanding course is an absolute must for anyone who is interested in the issues faced by art conservators who have to make decisions when dealing with works that may not have been created to last forever. Dr. Bracker is extremely knowledgeable. She introduces the theories behind conservation and presents a number of case studies in which implementing them was complicated and sometimes impossible. It is an aspect of the art world that needs to be known more.
It was a privilege to hear Dr. Bracker's lectures. I have listened to many Context lectures since the beginning of the pandemic and enjoyed them all. But, this series was far and away the best thanks to Dr. Bracker's expertise, her preparation, her thoughtfulness and her insights. Thank you so much, Dr. Bracker. And, thank you Context for providing us with access to Dr. Bracker. She let us know at the conclusion of the series that she was considering continuing her relationship with Context. I do hope that she does and can assure you that we will be joining whatever lectures she might give.
If you're thinking the topic of art restoration is limited to cotton balls and water to spruce up the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, think again. This is a most intensive course, taught by the masterful and eloquent Dr. Alison Bracker, in which she shows the intersection of sociology, art, science, and ethics--not to mention time and space. Her presentation is nonpareil, clearly and compellingly told, with space at the end of each session for questions. Very often, instructors with Context, expert as they are, tend to cram with too many slides, cover too much territory, leaving no room for important elucidation and questions by viewers. Dr. Bracker is poised, telling the stories of contested works of art, such as the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, Virginia. You feel that you're watching a great mystery unfold. The course is a gem, a must-see for anyone interested in how art is preserved. I'm only sorry the course was a mere three weeks long. If you have a chance to take a seminar from Dr. Bracker, hesitate not one second! Sign up!