Art Conservation Rescue in Haiti

The NY Times reports on efforts by conservators in Haiti, “Conservators Aid Art Rescue Effort in Haiti”:

Haitian artists and cultural professionals have been conducting informal salvage operations for the past four months. But the Americans are bringing conservation expertise — there are few if any professionally trained art conservators in Haiti — and special equipment, much of it paid for by private money.

The initiative, in its swiftness, its close collaboration with a foreign government and its combination of private and government financing, represents a new model of American cultural diplomacy, one that organizers believe stands in stark contrast to the apathy Americans were accused of exhibiting during the looting of Iraqi artistic treasures in 2003.

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By Paul Romaine

Paul Romaine is a grant writer and independent curator in New York City.

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