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The Care & Feeding of Contemporary Art

This Thursday at The Toby I’ll be participating in a panel discussion about the new exhibition, Tara Donovan: Untitled. Here’s a taste of what we’ll be discussing, from this exhibition’s TAP tour.

The event is free, open to the public, and offered in conjunction with the IMA’s Educator Sneak Peek Program. To accommodate multiple audiences, the program will be divided into two sections (feel free to come to one or both parts):

Part 1 — 5:00 pm
We’ll discuss the roles of staff members in selecting, displaying and caring for contemporary art.

Part 2 — 6:00 pm
We’ll discuss in greater detail the process of commissioning new artworks, complexities of working with installation art, and the long-term care of contemporary artworks.

Joining me on the panel will be a friend and special guest, Jill Sterrett, Director of Conservation and Collections at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA); and

Lisa Freiman, IMA Chair of the Department of Contemporary Art;

Greg Smith, IMA Senior Conservation Scientist.

Here’s a link for more information about the program. I think we’ve got just about all the angles covered in this panel, but if you have any questions that you’d like us to address, please leave a comment and we’ll see if we can add it into the conversation.

Detail of Tara Donovan's Untitled (© Tara Donovan, courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York)

Filed under: Art, Conservation, Current Events, Education, Exhibitions, Public Programs, The Toby

4 Responses to “The Care & Feeding of Contemporary Art”

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    Christina Milton O'Connell Says:

    I like that the footage was shot from across the room. It gives one a sense of the space. I also find the replacement challenge interesting. If the cups yellow slightly over time, and you need to replace one, how is that new cup going to blend in with the surrounding cups? One might think a good solution would be to keep extra cups in similar conditions as those on display. Then the new challenge is how many to store and where to store them…

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    Ed Says:

    Hey Richard, great content on the TAP tour! I’m curious to hear if the air filtering is enough to prevent dust bunnies from congregating on the mylar “molecule”? Or do you have a process for dusting out all of those folds?

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