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Conservation Interviews: Problematic Assumptions and Unintended Consequences

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 »

Gwen Webber joins the VoCA Program Committee

Gwen Webber joins the VoCA Program Committee

We are pleased to welcome our newest addition to the program committee — Gwen Webber. Some of you may know Ms. Webber from her former role as Program Assistant for VoCA when she joined our group in 2011. She comes to us with a BA in Architecture from Nottingham University, UK, and is completing her… Read more »

Interviewing Artists: Rose Cull’s Post-Workshop Experience

Interviewing Artists: Rose Cull’s Post-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 »

Steven O’Banion joins VoCA Program Committee

Steven O’Banion joins VoCA Program Committee

We are pleased to welcome Steven O’Banion as the newest addition to the VoCA Program Committee.  Currently, Steven is a Smithsonian Conservation Fellow at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, implementing a museum-wide artist interview program.  He is a recent graduate of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation where he focused on the… Read more »

Artist Research Project: Tony Smith Roundtable

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 »

The Power of Public Space Symposium in Louisville

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 »

Rosanna Flouty Joins VoCA Program Committee

Rosanna Flouty Joins VoCA Program Committee

We are excited to welcome Rosanna Flouty as our newest member of the VoCA Program Committee. Director of Education at Art21, Ms. Flouty has been involved in developing and investing in site-specific technology to support museum and arts-based programming, both at the ICA Boston and also the Guggenheim, New York. Ms. Flouty directs an important… Read more »

Finding My Tony

Finding My Tony

Just to be clear, this is not a confessional about a journey to unravel my alternate persona. In fact, this title refers to a form of activism inspired by the Tony Smith Wiki Project – you will be seeing much more of it on Twitter under #findmytony. It is my kind of activism, which doesn’t… Read more »

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

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

Artist Documentation Program

Throughout the process of organizing our Artist Interview Methodology 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… Read more »