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Presented by Dr Melanie Holcomb, Curator in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Melanie Holcomb oversees the Metropolitan Museum’s collection of early medieval art. In 2009, she was the curator of the exhibition Pen and Parchment. Her interest in comparative religion led her to earn a certificate in Jewish art at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and in 2016 she co-curated, with Barbara Bohm, the exhibition Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven. Just two years later, in November 2018, she launched the exhibition Jewelery, The Body Transformed, a global exploration of the ways in which jewellery acts upon and activates the body it adorns. In conversation with Michelle O’Malley, Deputy Director, she will discuss the questions and issues entangled in exhibiting material from a variety of cultures and times, and reflect on how objects both engender connections and resist easy associations. 

CURATORIAL CONVERSATIONS bring the makers of the current or recent exhibitions to the Warburg to discuss discoveries made, challenges tackles and/or lessons learned. Free and open to all.