Now On View

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is pleased to present Now On View: Preserving Modern and Contemporary Museum Collections on September 12-13, 2018 at The Broad in Los Angeles, California.
Caring for modern and contemporary collections is a continually evolving challenge. The 20th and 21st centuries presented a vast array of new materials that have left collections staff in uncharted territory as they address unprecedented preservation problems. Colors change and fade, structures lose their integrity, and material components become obsolete. Museums and other collecting institutions must understand the long-term needs of these items in order to determine appropriate priorities for conservation, storage, exhibition, documentation, and digitization. This two-day conference will explore ways to anticipate, plan for, and address preservation concerns in modern and contemporary collections.
Topics include:
–Exhibiting modern materials
–Preservation of time-based media
–Preservation within the balance of the law
–Artist/conservator relationship
–Considering what to save
This program is intended for collections care staff responsible for modern and contemporary materials in museums.
To register or view a pdf of the brochure, please visit https://bit.ly/2L27x0Y.
VoCA Partnership
On day two of the conference, a dynamic session presented in partnership with VoCA (Voices in Contemporary Art)  will focus on building relationships with artists. How might the artist’s voice become a key resource for the museum professionals who preserve their work? A keynote presentation by Chad Alligood, Independent Curator and Vice President of VoCA’s Board of Directors, will address the importance of engaging the artist in the stewardship of their work. Next, a case study discussion will explore an existing artist/conservator relationship: a conversation between Rachel Rivenc, Project Specialist in the Collections Department at the Getty Conservation Institute, and artist Larry Bell. A presentation by Lauryn Guttenplan, Associate General Counsel at the Smithsonian Institution, will shed light on the legal and ethical aspects of working with and interviewing artists.
These offerings will demonstrate how building strong, lasting relationships with artists preserving their words alongside their work is a vital aspect of contemporary collections care.
The Location
The Broad
221 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Broad is a contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the museum offers free general admission. The Broad is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide, and presents an active program of rotating temporary exhibitions and innovative audience engagement. The 120,000-square-foot building features two floors of gallery space and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation?s worldwide lending library, which has actively loaned collection works to museums around the world since 1984. Since opening in September 2015, The Broad has welcomed more than 1.7 million visitors.

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