Joint Session on Artist Engagement at 2015 AIC Conference


The Getty Conservation Institute’s Rachel Rivenc and videographer Jesse Fleming preparing to interview Helen Pashgian. Photo Credit: Tom Learner


VoCA is excited to announce that we will be co-hosting a joint session on Artist Engagement with the Electronic Media Group (EMG) and Objects Specialty Group (OSG) of AIC for the upcoming AIC Conference, to be held in Miami from May 13 – 16, 2015!

Since the twentieth century, artists have increasingly experimented with an unprecedented range of new materials and technologies – often with untested longevity and built-in obsolescence leading to physical instability. The conceptual concerns that underpin much of contemporary art make its conservation more than an effort to arrest physical change. The artist’s voice is primary in developing preservation strategies and their participation is essential for future conservation and presentation of their work. This two-day session will present ten case studies which consider the critical and challenging task of collaborating with artists on the presentation and preservation of their work.

Please take a moment to review the session schedule below, and know that we look forward to seeing you there!


Thursday, May 14th

2 pm – “Artist Intentions and the Conservation of Contemporary Art,” Glenn Wharton

2:30 pm – “The Artists’ Dialogue Series: Exploring Materiality, Process, and Conservation with Artists from Los Angeles,” Rachel Rivenc

3 pm – “From Theory to Practice: Instituting the Hirshhorn Artist Interview Program,” Gwynne Ryan & Steven O’Banion

3:30 pm – Break

4 pm – “Beyond the Interview: Working with Artists in Time-based Media Conservation,” Kate Lewis

4:30 pm – “Preserving What is Right: Learning the Ethics & Similarities of Collaborating with a Living Artist & Buddhist Monks,” Celine Chretien

5 pm – Discussion moderated by Jill Sterrett


Friday, May 15th

8:30 am – “Sol Lewitt’s Wall Drawings: Conservation of an Ephemeral Art Practice,” John Hogan & Carol Snow

9 am – “The Abandonment of Art: The Abandonment of Conservation, A Lygia Clark Retrospective at MoMA,” Cindy Albertson

9:30 am – “Conserving Anthony McCall’s Solid Light Films,” Jeff Martin

10 am – Break

10:30 am – “The Butterfly Effect: A Case Study on the Value of Artist Collaboration in the Conservation of Ephemeral Material,” Crista Pack

11 am – “Neutralizing the Nuclear Option,” Donna Williams

11:30 am – Discussion moderated by Glenn Wharton

More Blog Posts