Event: A conservator, architectural historian, and architect discuss the fate of confederate monuments

Date & Time

February 26, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Contact Information

Contact Information
Jennifer McGough jenmcgough@g.ucla.edu



Event Details

Casey Mallinckrodt, Dr. Dell Upton, Burt Pinnock
Friday February 26th, 11:00am - 12:30pm (PT)

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Conservation and Confederate Monuments preserve and protect what and how

Art conservators have been the neutral party brought in to address the physical well-being of public monuments that have been damaged or vandalized, or are to be moved. But in this period of accelerated and highly charged public involvement with Confederate monuments, history and intention, neutrality is an elusive position. Conservators may guide the steps of removal, documentation, and preservation and provide a point of unification. But personal and professional ethics may not align with the project goals, conservators may be placed in physical danger working in volatile political climates, and leadership and decision-making may be in transition. 
Casey Mallinckrodt will present an overview of the processes that have taken place in the conservation community as institutions and individuals have been engaged in the removal, alteration, evaluation, and treatment of confederate monuments and will report the experiences and insights of individual conservators who are or have been directly involved with these projects. By articulating the role conservation is taking in the transition of Confederate monuments in America, she hopes to ground the material importance of this cultural moment and give voice to the conservators who are carrying out this work.

Casey Mallinckrodt is the Objects Conservator at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Artin Hartford Connecticut. Immediately prior to joining the Wadsworth she was a conservator on the Conservation Initiative for African Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. As an officer of the Virginia Conservation Association she was involved in the early steps of developing a conservation position on the removal of confederate monuments and outreach to the Richmond Monument Avenue Commission.

She has worked on a variety of objects and collections. At the Museums of New Mexico, she worked on a project to treat and rehousing Native American/Pueblo pottery that involved ongoing consultations with members of the ancestral communities, and at the Royal Antiquities Museum of the Netherlands (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) carried out analysis and treatment of 21st Dynasty Egyptian coffins as part of the Vatican Coffin Project. Through her work she is exploring ways that increasingly precise identification of cultural heritage materials may deepen and alter prior presumptions as well as compromise culturally privileged knowledge and practices.

Casey received a master’s degree in conservation from the UCLA/Getty program. Prior to a mid-career shift into conservation she earned an MFA in sculpture from Yale University. She is a trustee of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Dr. Dell Upton
More information coming soon!

Burt Pinnock, FAIA is a principal and chairman of the board at Baskervill, a 123-year-old design firm. For Burt, architecture and design isn’t a job; it’s his personal contribution to the wellbeing and vitality of our communities. Over his 30-year career Burt’s commitment and passion has created impactful work for neighborhoods, cultural institutions and forward-thinking companies, including the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, Civil Rights Memorial Plaza at the Virginia Capitol, Colbrook Affordable Housing masterplan and more. A founder and board member of the nonprofit Storefront for Community Design, Burt currently serves as Chairman of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Art and Architectural Review Board and is a board member of the Legal Aid Justice Center, amongst numerous other board and committee engagements. Burt is a graduate of Virginia Tech and calls Richmond, Virginia home.