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Video of conference on preservation and study of modern and contemporary art

From: Jemima Rellie <jrellie<-a>
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2008
The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and Getty Research Institute
(GRI) are pleased to announce that the video recording of "The Object
in Transition" conference is now available to view on-line at:

    <URL:http://www.getty.edu/
        conservation/publications/videos/object_in_transition.html>

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"The Object in Transition: A Cross-Disciplinary conference on the
Preservation and Study of Modern and Contemporary Art", was held in
the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center from January
25-26, 2008.  A close collaboration between the GCI and the GRI, the
conference brought together conservators, curators, art historians,
artists and conservation scientists to discuss interdisciplinary
case studies on the conservation of some of the varied-and
frequently untraditional-materials used by artists over the last
seventy years.

The conference was comprised of a series of case studies to debate
the conservation issues presented by specific works of art,
dialogues between conservators and art historians on the
interdisciplinary study of certain artists, and a number of more
general panel discussions. The works chosen for study included Piet
Mondrian's Victory Boogie Woogie, Roy Lichtenstein's Three
Brushstrokes, Sol Lewitt's 49 Three-Part Variations on Three
Different Kinds of Cubes, James Turrell's Trace Elements: Light into
Space, David Novros's 6:30 and VI:XXXII, and Eva Hesse's Expanded
Expansion. Interdisciplinary studies were presented on (Bruce)
"Nauman's Edge" and "Encountering (Barnett) Newman", and panels on
"The Painted Surface", "Artist's History's Claim", and the "Life and
Death of Objects" allowed for significant discourse on topics
brought up in the conference.

In addition, a panel discussion "The Object in Transition:
Contemporary Voices", was held on the evening of January 24. This
too is available to view online at

    <URL:http://www.getty.edu/
        conservation/publications/videos/conservation_matters.html>

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Organized as part of the Conservation Matters series of public
lectures, the event was a sell-out, and attended by 500 people.
Elisabeth Sussman from the Whitney Museum of American Art served as
moderator for a discussion between artists Rachel Harrison, Paul
McCarthy, and Doris Salcedo, and conservator Christian Scheidemann,
in which they described the often complex production processes of
their art, the fleeting nature of some of the materials they use,
and the implications for the long term survival of their work.

Jemima Rellie, Assistant Director
Communications and Information Resources
The Getty Conservation Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1684
USA


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