We are pleased to announce that this year’s Artist Interview Workshop will take place on June 8-9, 2017 at the Rebuild Foundation in Chicago.
Over the past five years, VoCA’s Artist Interview Workshops have offered a collaborative environment for anyone presenting, producing, or interpreting contemporary art to reflect upon interview methods and sharpen the skills that can lead to more successful and engaged artist interviews. In addition to exploring how the planned uses for interviews shape the dynamics of the exchange, the 2017 workshop at the Rebuild Foundation in Chicago will give special attention to interviews in social practice, community-based, and politically engaged art.The workshop will be led by Jill Sterrett, Director of Collections at SFMOMA and VoCA Board President, and Richard Cándida Smith, Professor of History at UC Berkeley, whose respective experiences in museum-based interview programs and oral history produce a rigorous, instructive, and interactive agenda.
The application period for this event is now closed. For more information, click HERE.
Our Artist Interview Workshops, which launched in 2012, aim to provide conservators, curators, educators, and other arts professionals at all stages of their careers with a greater understanding of the methods and skills needed to conduct successful artist interviews.
Increasingly artists have experimented with an unprecedented range of new materials and technologies – often with untested longevity and built-in obsolescence leading to instability. Gathering knowledge through interviews with artists, studio assistants and other relevant voices is critical to the preservation of contemporary art. Educating our colleagues on the methodology of interviewing is a crucial component to this process.
The structure of the workshops has been crafted by VoCA on a model developed by Professor Richard Cándida Smith and SFMoMA Director of Collections and VoCA Board President Jill Sterrett, whose respective experiences in oral history and museum-based interview programs produced a rigorous, instructive, and interactive agenda. Over the course of two days, various presenters conduct a series of lectures and case studies which are then analyzed via roundtable discussion and tested in small group exercises. Speakers also facilitate conversations with other presenters and attendees, addressing their own experiences with interviewing artists, the different approaches interviewers can take, and common challenges in the process. Topics covered can range from legal and ethical concerns to interpersonal skills, archiving methods, and applicable technology.
The Artist Interview Workshops have been made possible by the continued support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, whose generosity has enabled us to offer this program tuition free. However, participants are responsible for their own cost of travel, some meals, and hotel accommodations. Each workshop is limited to 25 participants.
We look forward to bringing another set of great workshops to our colleagues each year – please subscribe to our monthly newsletter for announcements on future workshops. Or, if you have any questions or would like additional information about this program, please email VoCA’s Program Manager, Margaret Graham, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunder Conservation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Dallas Museum of Art
Albright-Knox Art Gallery (exclusively for ANAGPIC students)