The Collections Analysis Collaborative (CAC) is a research and educational initiative developed by John Hopkins (Rice University), Paul R. Davis (The Menil Collection), and Sarah Kielt Costello (University of Houston, Clear Lake) to generate a rich, historical understanding of nearly 600 objects from the ancient Mediterranean, housed in the Menil Collection. A unique collaboration between key Houston cultural and educational institutions, the project brings together affiliated students, art historians, archaeologists, and museum professionals to identify innovative approaches that address contemporary issues of cultural heritage, provenance, object - based research, collecting practices, and public display that shape the efficacy of museums’ permanent collections and prospective acquisitions. By fostering ongoing, open dialogue between scholarly communities with diverse perspectives, the project will establish new models for proactive, dynamic collaboration in the world of antiquities collecting and collection maintenance. The project will also strengthen the Menil’s institutional capacity to uphold the ethical standards for the research, collection, publication, and display of ancient objects, established by UNESCO, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR).
This initiative is sponsored by the The Menil Collection; the Humanities Research Center, the Department of Art History, the Program in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations, and the University Arts Initiative Fund at Rice University.
To find out more about the mission, components, and events and timeline for the CAC, please read our overview.
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