American Museum of Natural HistoryUnited States
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) has worked in close partnership with the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME) in Hanoi since 1990, when Dr. Nguyen Van Huy, founding director of the VME and the ACC’s 2000 John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award recipient, first visited New York. The VME is one of the largest and most important museums in Vietnam and a model ethnology museum for Southeast Asian institutions. In 1999 a major collaborative exhibition, Vietnam: Journeys of the Body, Mind, and Spirit, brought objects from the VME to the AMNH and offered important opportunities for institutional development and staff training at the VME, including workshops in Hanoi and internships in New York. One of the interns, Ms. Hoang Thi To Quyen, received additional support from ACC to study conservation at New York University in 2001, and she is now the director of conservation at VME.In order to grow a regional network of museum conservation specialists in Southeast Asia, the VME and AMNH, in consultation with ACC, planned a four-day workshop on object and textile conservation in Hanoi in February 2012. Led by Ms. Quyen and AMNH conservators Judith Levinson and Vuka Roussakis, this workshop included both museum staff who work directly with conservation and museum administrators who can support conservation efforts at their home institutions. Building on existing networks and enhancing the capacity of regional museums, this workshop will play an important role in developing the practice of museum conservation in Southeast Asia.
Grants Awarded2011 | Conservation | Vietnam
to support a regional workshop on object and textile conservation at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi in February 20122006 | Museum Studies | Vietnam
to support an eight-month internship at the museum for conservation specialist Hoang Thi To Quyen from the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology2003 | Museum Studies | Vietnam
to enable two conservators from the American Museum of Natural History to consult with the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi in planning the VME's new conservation facilities in fall 20032002 | Museum Studies | Vietnam
to support a six-month internship by museum specialist Pham Lan Huong from the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History2001 | Museum Studies | Vietnam
to support a six-month internship at the American Museum of Natural History by conservation specialist Hoang Thi To Quyen from the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi2000 | Museum Studies | Vietnam
to support travel and research in Vietnam by curator Laurel Kendall and conservator Judith Levinson of the American Museum of Natural History in preparation for an exhibition from the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology1993 | Museum Studies | India
to support workshops on conservation methods to be presented by the museum's textile conservator, Vuka Roussakis, at three museums in Vietnam.