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Extreme Conservation Symposium Guest Post: Petra Lange-Berndt

Posted by sumolsen
26 Apr 2015 17:57

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Following our "Extreme Conservation Symposium" (convened March 20, 2015), we asked each presenter to share one idea from his or her presentation in short form on this blog. We are grateful for this opportunity to continue thinking through their groundbreaking work.


This talk focused on the installation Little Savages by artist Tessa Farmer, exhibited at the Natural History Museum, London, in 2007. A taxidermied fox, other natural materials, and tiny malevolent fairies made by the artist out of insect and plant material, create narratives concerning ecology. The materials used by Farmer lead us to reflect upon the history of taxidermy, its impact on fashion and its position as a domestic handicraft. Farmer, a vegetarian, is using references to taxidermy, fairies, and social insects in order to question the authority of the institution in which she is exhibiting. She is not creating a nostalgic vision of craft. Instead, her work represents an alliance between handicraft and recent technologies in the age of the Internet. Natural materials and electronic mass media are interrelated in Farmer’s work, driven by curiosity about the material at hand, be it tangible or ephemeral. The audience is reminded that neither materials nor nature can be frozen and preserved for eternity, but instead are subject to processes of decay, death, and evolution.

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Donald Judd's Lofty Installation at 101 Spring Street: Specific Objects, Specific Conservation

Posted by Hanna Hoelling
21 Apr 2015 12:17

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By Cabelle Ahn
“My requirements were that the building be useful for living and working and more importantly, more definitely, be a space in which to install work of mine and of others. At first, I thought the building large, but now I think it small; it didn't hold much work after all.” Donald Judd, “101 Spring St.” 1989

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Extreme Conservation Symposium Guest Post: Stephen Rustow

Posted by sumolsen
16 Apr 2015 22:06

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Following our "Extreme Conservation Symposium" (convened March 20, 2015), we asked each presenter to share one idea from his or her presentation in short form on this blog. We are grateful for this opportunity to continue thinking through their groundbreaking work.


If the art museum’s fundamental mission is acquisition, conservation and display, then it is no surprise that continual expansion has become the norm for collecting institutions around the world. Faced with constant rebuilding, the changing status of the museum’s original structure provokes the question of what responsibility museums have to make their own architecture the object of conservation. And this question goes hand in hand with another: how should museums curate the presentation of their architecture and its transformations over time?

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Extreme Conservation Symposium Guest Post: Matthew Siegal

Posted by sumolsen
16 Apr 2015 21:53

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Following our "Extreme Conservation Symposium" (convened March 20, 2015), we asked each presenter to share one idea from his or her presentation in short form on this blog. We are grateful for this opportunity to continue thinking through their groundbreaking work.


It is imperative to raise awareness of the role and importance of the preservation of cultural heritage in general and as an aspect of the museum’s mission, including the expertise, time and resources that are necessary to commit.

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Extreme Conservation Symposium Guest Post: Friedemann Hellwig

Posted by sumolsen
16 Apr 2015 21:35

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Following our "Extreme Conservation Symposium" (convened March 20, 2015), we asked each presenter to share one idea from his or her presentation in short form on this blog. We are grateful for this opportunity to continue thinking through their groundbreaking work.


Conservation in Auschwitz
What you see today when visiting the former German concentration camp, is the result of one hundred years of preservation efforts. They immediately began with the camp liberation on January 27, 1945. A number of former inmates insisted that the former camp should serve as a warning to future generations. The Polish Ministry of Culture joined in by making the site a national museum, opening in 1947 (the term museum may be disturbing, however, there is no appropriate word for memorial in the Polish language).

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