Past Programs

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ARTIST INTERVIEW WORKSHOPS 

2015
Brooklyn Museum
Rubell Family Collection
Winterthur / University of Delaware exclusively for ANAGPIC students

2014
Lunder Conservation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Dallas Museum of Art
Albright-Knox Art Gallery exclusively for ANAGPIC students

2013
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Getty Conservation Institute (professional workshop as well as the workshop for ANAGPIC students)

2012
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

VOCA talks

VOCA TALK: ARTIST ENGAGEMENT
May 14 & 15, 2015 at the American Institute of Conservation (AIC) Conference in Miami

VoCA co-hosted a two-day presentation of 10 case studies highlighting the exceptional work of conservators working with artists in the conservation of their own work. This joint session was hosted in conjunction with the Electronic Media Group (EMG) + Objects & Sculpture Group (OSG) at the AIC conference.

May 14, 2015 
Artist Intentions and the Conservation of Contemporary Art
Glenn Wharton

The Artists’ Dialogue Series: Exploring Materiality, Process, and Conservation with Artists from Los Angeles
Rachel Rivenc

From Theory to Practice: Instituting the Hirshhorn Artist Interview Program
Gwynne Ryan & Steven O’Banion

Beyond the Interview: Working with Artists in Time-based Media Conservation
Kate Lewis

Preserving What is Right: Learning the Ethics & Similarities of Collaborating with a Living Artist & Buddhist Monks
Celine Chretien

Discussion moderated by Jill Sterrett

May 15, 2015
Sol Lewitt’s Wall Drawings: Conservation of an Ephemeral Art Practice
John Hogan & Carol Snow

The Abandonment of Art: The Abandonment of Conservation, A Lygia Clark Retrospective at MoMA
Cindy Albertson

Conserving Anthony McCall’s Solid Light Films
Jeff Martin

The Butterfly Effect: A Case Study on the Value of Artist Collaboration in the Conservation of Ephemeral Material
Crista Pack

Neutralizing the Nuclear Option
Donna Williams

Discussion moderated by Glenn Wharton

VoCA Talk: CONVERSATION BETWEEN artist sarah oppenheimer & curator robin clark
April 19, 2015 at the Brooklyn Museum

This program focused on Oppenheimer’s architectural interventions and explored some of the challenges inherent in producing, presenting, and documenting her installation-based work.

HURRICANE SANDY AND DAMAGED ARTWORK: The Artist’s Experience 
December 8, 2013 at the Dedalus Foundation, Brooklyn

The loss or significant damage of one’s artwork by a catastrophic event such as Hurricane Sandy undoubtedly leaves many artists with new thoughts about their legacy and its conservation. In this panel discussion, we explored differing experiences surrounding artwork damaged by the Hurricane and considered how these experiences have affected the art world’s relationship to contemporary conservation. An audio recording of the insightful & inspiring conversation that ensued is now available via Art International Radio.

Panelists: Rachel Beach, Artist; Diana Cooper, Artist; Beth Nunan, Conservator, American Museum of Natural History (moderator); Linda Serrone Rolon, Artist; Magdalena Sawon, Postmasters Gallery

voice of the artist interview program: HURRICANE SANDY 
october 20 – december 14, 2013 AT THE DEDALUS FOUNDATION, BROOKLYN

The Voice of the Artist: Hurricane Sandy interview program was a joint effort with VoCA and the Dedalus Foundation in conjunction with the exhibition “Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1” held at the Dedalus Foundation offices in Industry City from October to December, 2013. Interviews were held starting Sunday, October 20th and then every Saturday from afternoon until the end of the exhibition.

During these times, a contemporary art conservator was on site to conduct short interviews with artists who were victims of Hurricane Sandy. These taped interviews focused on how the Hurricane affected the artist’s work, their approach to their craft, and/or their thoughts about conservation. The interviews provide an oral history of how the arts community was affected by the storm and also how it has worked toward recovery.

Participating conservators: Lisa Bruno, Steven O’Banion, Mareike Opena, Kendra Roth, and Glenn Wharton

Participating Artists: Rachel Beach, Susan L Berger, Diana Cooper, Suzanne Joelson, Darren Jones, Ronnie Landfield, Marlene McCarty, Josiah McElheny, Rona Pondick, Marie Roberts, Linda Serrone Rolon, Bill Schuck, Bosco Sodi, Gary Stephan, Daniel Torop, Lee Tribe, Arnold Wechsler, and Dustin Yellin

VOICE OF THE ARTIST: vito acconci
november 7, 2013 AT middlebury college

VoCA partnered with Middlebury College & the Middlebury College Museum of Art for an interview program featuring artist Vito Acconci and Steven O’Banion, Smithsonian Conservation Fellow at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

The discussion focused on Way Station I, Acconci’s first permanent site-specific work and, retrospectively, one which clearly marks a significant transition from his temporary installations to his permanent architectural work. The sculpture, which was recently reconstructed, was on view at the time of the interview as part of the exhibition “Vito Acconci: Thinking Space,” at the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

VOICE OF THE ARTIST: LORRAINE O’GRADY
October 3, 2013 at Fales Library, Bobst Library at NYU

Program Partners: VoCA, Grey Art Gallery, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Fales Library and Special Collections and NYU Museum Studies.

Should activist and/or situation-specific performance art be re-performed? Can images, video, and critical reviews adequately convey the experiences of those who witness performance works? What is the role of the archive? These questions and others will be considered in the context of the Lorraine O’Grady archive at Wellesley College. Joining Radical Presence artist Lorraine O’Grady are moderator Glenn Wharton, Art Conservator, Museum Studies, NYU; Lisa Darms, Senior Archivist, Fales Library; and Thomas J. Lax, Assistant Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Offered in conjunction with Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, an exhibition in two parts. Part I: September 10–December 7, 2013, at the Grey Art Gallery, NYU; Part II: November 14, 2013–March 9, 2014, at The Studio Museum in Harlem.

VOICE OF THE ARTIST: DE WAIN VALENTINE
July 16, 2013 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Working together with the Guggenheim and the Getty Conservation Institution, VoCA is proud to bring “From Start to Finish: The Story of Gray Column” to the Guggenheim this summer. This 30-minute documentary recounts the remarkable story behind the making of De Wain Valentine’s Gray Column. The film follows the piece from its original concept to its display at the Getty Center for Valentine’s exhibition during Pacific Standard Time. Following the film, Tom Learner, Head of Modern and Contemporary Art Research, Getty Conservation Institute, will discuss with De Wain Valentine the creation of this monumental work of art and his thoughts on approaches to its conservation.

Please join us for this film screening and artist conversation on July 16th in the East Building Large Auditorium at the National Gallery of Art.

VOICE OF THE ARTIST: DE WAIN VALENTINE 
July 11, 2013 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

VoCA, working together with the Guggenheim and the Getty Conservation Institution, is proud to bring “From Start to Finish: The Story of Gray Column” to the Guggenheim this summer. This 30-minute documentary recounts the remarkable story behind the making of De Wain Valentine’s Gray Column. The film follows the piece from its original concept to its display at the Getty Center for Valentine’s exhibition during Pacific Standard Time. Following the film, Tom Learner, Head of Modern and Contemporary Art Research, Getty Conservation Institute, will discuss with De Wain Valentine the creation of this monumental work of art and his thoughts on approaches to its conservation.

Please join us for this film screening and artist conversation on July 11th in the New Media Theater at the Guggenheim.

MOVING RESPONSIBILITIES: THE CARE OF PERFORMANCE-BASED SCULPTURE
May 30, 2013 at the American Institute of Conservation (AIC) Annual Meeting in Indianapolis

This joint program with VoCA, AIC and the IMA explored issues related to collecting, exhibiting, and conserving performance-based artworks, using the work of the internationally acclaimed artist duo Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla as a set of case studies. The Indianapolis Museum of Art was selected to present the work of the Puerto Rico-based artist collaborative Allora & Calzadilla at the U.S. Pavilion for the 2011 Venice Biennale. This panel provided a rare opportunity for AIC’s members to hear presentations and discussions from the principal performer of the work Body in Flight (Delta) and a conservator who has worked on another work by the duo in MoMA’s collection, Stop, Repair, Prepare. Body in Flight (Delta) was performed at the AIC Opening Reception to over 700 mesmerized people!

Participants: Sadie Wilhelmi, Dancer and Aerialist Performer;  performer for for the internationally regarded art team Allora & Calzadilla; Glenn Wharton, Conservator of Time Based Media, Museum of Modern Art; Richard McCoy, Conservator of Objects & Variable Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art; Anastasia Tinari, Weisenberger Fellow of America Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art

PRESERVING DIGITAL ART
November 11, 2012 in Seattle at the Museum Computer Network Conference

This panel discussion brought together an artist with a curator, a conservator,  and a technology expert to discuss various aspects of creating, displaying, storing, and preserving digital artworks within the context of museum data storage systems. The technical aspects of storing digital artworks are complicated and often daunting for museum professionals. These issues are only now being discussed widely within the context of art conservation. The discussion provided a multi-faceted approach in an effort to explore the complexities of preserving digital art  while also addressing the larger issues of storing digital media. A video of this program is available via YouTube.

Participants: Penelope Umbrico, artist; Jeffrey Martin, Time-Based Art Conservator/Moving Image Archivist; Koven J. Smith, Director of Technology, Denver Art Museum; Richard McCoy, Conservator of Objects & Variable Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art