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Friday, May 17 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
(Contemporary Art) New Tactics Panel - The Evolving Influence of the Conservator of Contemporary Art

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This panel will explore the ever-changing role of contemporary art conservators. Panelists will present cases from their institution, which will be followed by a moderated discussion, and questions from the audience.

The practice of contemporary art conservation has long extended beyond material analysis; we needed to look beyond the physicality of an artwork or a conservator’s dogmas of minimal intervention and reversibility. To meet the complex demands inherent to contemporary works of art, to ensure its care and survival, we have shifted towards preserving a work’s concept, aesthetic function, and the artist’s intention – we have recognized the multiplicity of perception among stakeholders around/within one work of art.

Therefore, conservators now routinely interact with artists, assistants, fabricators, estates, curators, administrators, and experts from other fields, to identify and weigh the various values inherent to a particular work and to negotiate the most suitable conservation treatment, in every case anew.

Such broader spheres of interaction, decision-making, and intervention possibilities has extended our set of tools and requires an increased sensibility as mediators in communication with stakeholders.
Our apparent growing scope of action and visibility within the system of art preservation and presentation enhances both our influence and, thereby, our responsibilities.

This panel brings together conservators and researchers who are initiating, experiencing, and examining these processes to explore the evolving influence a conservator may enact when caring for contemporary art, consciously or unconsciously.

Moderators
avatar for Mareike Opeña

Mareike Opeña

Associate Conservator, Contemporary Conservation Ltd
Mareike Opeña joined Contemporary Conservation in 2010. She graduated from the University of Applied Sciences Cologne/ Institute for Conservation Sciences in 2009 with an emphasis on paintings and sculptures. She wrote her thesis, "The Effects of Solvents on the Physical Properties... Read More →

Speakers
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Glenn Wharton

Clinical Professor, Museum Studies, New York University
Glenn Wharton is a Clinical Professor in Museum Studies at New York University. From 2007-2013 he served as Media Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art, where he established the time-based media conservation program for video, performance, and software-based collections. In 2006... Read More →
avatar for Miroslaw Wachowiak

Miroslaw Wachowiak

Ph. D., associated professor, Nicolaus Copernicus University Torun
Miroslaw Wachowiak works as associate professor at the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Modern and Contemporary Art of Nicolaus Copernicus University Torun. He is also continuously cooperating with the Contemporary Center of Art in Torun since 2008. His main interested... Read More →
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Zoe Miller

Scientist/Researcher, Tate Britain
Zoe Miller is a doctoral researcher based at Tate in London as part of the research program "New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art" (NACCA) – a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network. Her research explores the issues of authorship and ownership in contemporary... Read More →
avatar for Marta García Celma

Marta García Celma

NACCA PhD Fellow, New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art
Marta Garcia Celma is a conservator specialized in the conservation of photographic materials and contemporary art. Since 2016, Marta is an Early Stage Researcher under The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ‘New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art... Read More →
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Nora W. Kennedy

Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge, Photograph Conservation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph Conservation
Nora Kennedy is the Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of Photograph Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. During her tenure at the Met she has worked on over 100 photograph exhibitions and continues to expand the Museum's initiatives in education and... Read More →
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Alexandra Nichols

Sherman Fairchild Foundation Fellow, Photograph Conservation Department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Alexandra Nichols is a Sherman Fairchild Foundation Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art focusing on the conservation of time-based media art. Prior to The Met she completed a Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowship in Time-based Media at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In 2016... Read More →


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