Our monuments, institutions and values are all vulnerable and must be constantly cared for

The Saturday January 8, 2021 issue of The New York Times  published an article by Sarah Bahr on how in the aftermath of the invasion of the U.S. Capitol Building by rioters on January 6th, the artworks in the building and the building itself are being examined for damages (“Curators Scour for Damage to Capitol or Its Art”).

Although the mob broke windows and doors and ransacked offices, damaging the building, it appears that none of the art works in the Capitol—all of which are on view-- suffered major damage. After damage assessment will come treatment. Some preservation professionals are suggesting that some of the physical damage be preserved as a reminder both of the event and of the fact that our monuments, institutions and values “are all vulnerable and must be constantly cared for”.