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Conserving Motion

Posted by Hanna Hoelling
25 Nov 2013 05:23

One of the site-visits of the Cultures of Conservation class in November was devoted to the conservation of kinetic sculpture and multimedia installation. On the example of Jean Tinguely's sculpture Narva (1961) at the Met our guest speaker Reinhard Bek discussed the complexities of conservation of motion-based works. Additionally, the class was offered an opportunity to meet with technical and curatorial staff of the Whitney Museum of American Art, discussing the installation by T.J. Wilcox In the Air (2013). Student Jaimie Luria offers an interesting insight into the topics discussed..

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"Conservation Conversation" Addresses Fashion

Posted by Gabrielle Berlinger
20 Nov 2013 20:34

On November 12, 2013, the BGC hosted its second of four "Conservation Conversations" this 2013-2014 year. The new speaker series, part of the Cultures of Conservation initiative, pairs a material conservator and a professor of material culture for a public research dialogue around a particular theme. Fashion was the theme of this evening, and the room was packed to capacity to hear our distinguished guests share their ideas about issues in the conservation of fashion objects.

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Painting and Installation at the MOMA

Posted by Gabrielle Berlinger
11 Nov 2013 20:53

On October 22, 2013, the "Cultures of Conservation" class visited the MoMA Conservation Lab to meet with Chief Conservator Jim Coddington about aspects of painting conservation and installation. Class member Martina D'Amato reported the following site visit review:

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Harlem Mural Conservation

Posted by Gabrielle Berlinger
11 Nov 2013 20:34

On October 29, 2013, the "Cultures of Conservation" class visited the Hope Steven Garden and wall mural in Harlem to discuss the plight of the contemporary exterior mural. Guest speaker Will Shank, conservator, consultant, and former Head of Conservation SFMoMA, joined the class, along with community members and arts activists. The following site visit report was written by Lisa Adang, a member of the class:

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The Conservation of Multimedia Works of Art

Posted by Gabrielle Berlinger
11 Nov 2013 19:52

On November 7, 2013, Cultures of Conservation Visiting Professor Hanna Hölling presented her research to the BGC community in a paper entitled, “On the Aspects of Time, Continuity, Archive and Identity in the Conservation of Multimedia Works of Art.”

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The abstract of her paper follows below, but you may find the full article now published in the Autumn 2013 issue of Nescus: European Journal of Media Studies. Congratulations, Professor Hölling!

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