The DAR Museum in Washington, DC, invites you to our annual symposium on Friday, May 4, 2018. This year’s theme will explore the act of collecting in a decorative arts context, to complement the museum’s upcoming exhibit, Lately Arrived: Recent Additions to the Collections.
Through this symposium, the museum hopes to foster professional and academic dialogue about the decorative arts, collecting, and why we do what we do. In particular we will be examining various aspects of collecting. What do we collect? Why? How do we determine what to save, and what to discard? Who decides what is valuable enough to save? What kinds of “value” do we place on objects?
This all-day symposium includes lunch and access to the DAR Museum's exhibits, including 31 period rooms.