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Program Committee Gwen Webber during the March 2013 Artist Interview Workshop at the Guggenheim Museum, New York

VoCA’s Artist Interview Workshop: Crystal Sanchez’s Experience

Crystal Sanchez is a media archivist/preservationist at the Smithsonian Institution on the Digital Asset Management team (DAMS), working with digital audiovisual collections. As a member of the Smithsonian’s Time-Based Media Art Working Group, she is currently working on a project to interview thought leaders who work to plan for the technological needs of media artworks. … Read more »

Glenn Wharton interviewing artist VALIE EXPORT about a work in MoMA's collection. Photo Credit: Howard Deitch.

Conservation Interviews: Problematic Assumptions and Unintended Consequences

As conservators of contemporary art expand their practice to include artist interviews, they have a lot to learn from allied professions with years of experience in qualitative research. Oral historians, anthropologists, and sociologists know the advantages but also the risks involved with the use of interview research.  In this brief essay, we formulate some lessons… Read more »

Interviewing Artists: Rose Cull’s Workshop Experience

Blog Post by: Rose Cull, Kress Fellow in Sculpture Conservation, Tate Gallery I love working with artists.  One reason why I work on contemporary art.  I like learning more about the creative process and seeing how an artist approaches their work, what they think of it, and hopefully over the course of my career, I will be… Read more »

Tony Smith's Smug

Artist Research Project: Tony Smith Roundtable

                               Tony Smith’s Smug at Glenstone in Potomac, MD On September 27th and 28th, the second component of The Artist Research Project: Tony Smith was launched when a select group of experts from around the country gathered in Washington D.C. to discuss specific conservation… Read more »

Tony Smith, Gracehoper

The Power of Public Space Symposium in Louisville

Tony Smith’s Gracehoper in Louisville, Kentucky On September 14th and 15th, 2012, VoCA co-hosted in The Power of Public Space, a two-day symposium in Louisville. Working closely with the Louisville Commission on Public Art and the Speed Art Museum, VoCA organized a panel discussion focused on “The Importance of the Artist’s Voice”. Our session was primarily devoted… Read more »

Judd windows

An Artists’ World: The Judd Foundation’s latest talk at MoMA

In spring next year Donald Judd’s studio and home at 101 Spring Street in SoHo will open to the public after an extensive renovation led by a team of restoration specialists and New York architects ARO. As part of a program run by the Judd Foundation to promote a broader understanding of Judd’s artistic legacy… Read more »

Artist Documentation Program

Throughout the process of organizing our Artist Interview Workshops, we are increasingly encouraged and amazed by the artist interview projects being undertaken already. These projects are succeeding in their goals to gain a better understanding of materials, techniques and intent of the artist. Over the coming months, we will be highlighting some of our colleague’s… Read more »

Our Artist Interview Workshop at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

On April 20th we held our second Artist Interview Workshop at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. It was a fantastic turn out. Thank you to everyone who made it such a special event. We were overwhelmed by the cross-section of experience, the vibrant stories and shared concerns that emerged throughout the… Read more »