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2017 Digital Provenance Symposium

CMOA Theater

Free Event

Carnegie Museum of Art’s 2017 Digital Provenance Symposium promotes vigorous discussion of the role of museums in understanding, researching, disseminating, and digitally publishing museum collections. The symposium will showcase innovative approaches to problems around the representation of events in digital collections, and discuss standardization, collaboration, and communication across the cultural heritage field.

Afternoon-only tickets are also available.

Program Schedule

9:30 a.m. - Welcome & Keynote

Jo Ellen Parker, President, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Morning Session: Visualizing Object Histories: Project Reports

The morning session of this one-day event reports on current projects that use digital methods to track objects over time and space—the intellectual and technological structures supporting event-based art history.

10:00 a.m. - Pools: Sales, Exhibitions, Collections, Inventories


  • Elizabeth Gorayeb, Executive Director, & Caitlin Sweeney, Senior Research Associate, Wildenstein Plattner Institute
  • Jennifer Henel, Curatorial Coordinator for Digital Content, National Gallery of Art
  • Tom Scutt, Digital Manager, Paul Mellon Centre for British Art

11:00 a.m.–Noon - Trails: Movements of Objects and People Through Time and Space


  • Jodi Cranston, Professor, Boston University
  • Alison Langmead, Director, Visual Media Workshop, University of Pittsburgh
  • Akemi May, Assistant Curator, & Costas Karakatsanis, Provenance Researcher, Carnegie Museum of Art

Lunch Break

Lunch includes a guided visit to CMOA’s Northbrook digital provenance installation.

Afternoon Session: Collections, Digital Humanities, and Institutional Change

In the afternoon, three panels will consider how such structures have the potential to transform museum policy and practice, academic inquiry, and the future of art history in a digital environment.

1:30 p.m. - Panel: The Data-Rich Museum: Collection Data and Internal Change


  • Katie Reilly, William T. Ranney Director of Publishing, Philadelphia Museum of Art (moderator)
  • Stuart Alter, Director of Technology, Newfields Lab, Technology for Nature and the Arts
  • Sheila Hoffman, Adjunct Professor, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • Louise Lippincott, Curator of Fine Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art

2:30 p.m. - Panel: Museum Collections and the Digital Humanities


  • Kristen Regina, Arcadia Director of the Library & Archives, Philadelphia Museum of Art (moderator)
  • Matthew Lincoln, Data Research Specialist, Getty Research Institute
  • Alex Taylor, Assistant Professor & Academic Curator, University of Pittsburgh
  • Sheila Carey, Audience and Programs Analyst, Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN)

4:00 p.m. - Discussion: Object-Based, Event-Driven Art History

Discussion leader: David Newbury, Enterprise Software and Data Architect, J. Paul Getty Trust.

Event Sponsors

The Art Tracks Digital Provenance Project is made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional support was provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and the Richard C. von Hess Foundation.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Institute of Museum and Library Service