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PG-233762-16

Southern University at New Orleans (New Orleans, LA 70126-0002)
Haitham Eid (Project Director: 05/05/2015 to present)

Preservation Assessment of the Wolff Collection

The hiring of a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment and train museum staff on preventive conservation measures, plus the acquisition of preservation supplies.  The museum would develop a long-term plan to preserve the Norma Wolff Collection of African art comprising some 96 cultural objects (e.g., masks, jewelry, instruments, and weapons) from West and Central Africa.  The Wolff Collection has been featured in exhibits and scholarly publications. Highlights include a Bambara mask from Mali and Yoruba sculptures from Nigeria. Planned workshops would introduce museum studies faculty and students to strategies to manage and preserve the collection through effective storage, proper handling, and the regular monitoring of temperature, light, and humidity.

The Wolff Collection is a highly valuable ethnographic African art collection which consists of 96 objects, curated by the M.A. Museum Studies Program, and compliments a larger African art collection owned by SUNO. Both collections tell the story of the people of West and Central Africa and their legacy, and are considered by many experts some of the most important African art collections in any university in America. The project goals are to 1) conduct a general preservation assessment of the Wolff Collection, and 2) provide adequate training to all individuals involved in handling the collection. The preservation assessment will help establish a long-range plan for the care and sustainability of the Collection, including the collection's storage conditions, handling and display. Also, the consultant, who is an expert in the preservation of African art will provide two informative workshops for faculty, students and staff. The project will start on Feb. 15 and ends on March 31, 2016.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,234 (approved)
$5,234 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2016 – 7/31/2017