To Present and Collect Performance, Ephemeral and Interdisciplinary Art

Heather Corcoran, Nancy Spector, Glenn Wharton, Tim Griffin

Thursday 07 March, 2013
3pm, $0

The Armory, Media Lounge
Pier 94, West 54 Street and Twelfth Avenue

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In this panel, speakers address the subject of presenting and acquiring art that defies easy categorization or that is more ephemeral in nature, exploring questions of how it can be collected, or “housed" within museums, private collections, or different kinds of platforms, and how it is subsequently accessed or re-presented. With the ever-increasing presence and profile of performance, live art, and practices that span different media—as well as sites and forms of engagement—how can practices that are inherently collaborative in nature be “collected," particularly when collaborators work in different media that come together in a given work? To what degree and in what ways, does the interest in collecting such work, whether in whole or in part, affect how artists approach their own practice? Speaker Heather Corcoran is Executive Director of Rhizome at the New Museum, New York; Nancy Spector is Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator of the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Glenn Wharton is the Time-Based Media Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Moderator Tim Griffin is Director and Chief Curator at The Kitchen, New York.

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