Making the Past: Perspectives on Keeping and Letting Go


AAR Lecture Room
Via Angelo Masina 5

Data evento
17 Maggio 2022

Monuments, like those that define Rome, are intended to be permanent but can be most powerful when they are in decline, as ruins and remains. How do those engaged in historic preservation come to terms with this paradox? When is change acceptable, in what forms, and who gets to decide? Claire Lyons and Webber Ndoro will offer a transhistorical and cross-cultural set of responses to these questions, considering the politics of preservation from the perspective of institutions, governments, and a range of stakeholder communities.

This program is organized in conjunction with the AAR exhibition “Regeneration”, on view through June 12, 2022. Elizabeth Rodini, the Academy’s interim Director and a cocurator of “Regeneration”, will moderate.

Claire Lyons (2022 Resident) is curator in the Department of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and a specialist in the art and archaeology of pre-Roman Italy, Etruria, and Magna Graecia. Webber Ndoro is director general of ICCROM, an expert in global heritage management with a particular focus on the immovable heritage of sub-Saharan Africa.