Scholar Talk | Glenn Wharton: Collecting the Ephemeral

How do you acquire, collect, and conserve performance work that is based on human action and interaction? MoMA’s first time-based media conservator talks about how new concepts in art pose new questions of artwork identity and require new ways of documenting, as he first encountered with Tino Sehgal’s Kiss in 2008.

Glenn Wharton is a Professor of Art History at UCLA and Chair of the UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials. Prior to this recent appointment, he was on faculty in the Museum Studies Program at New York University where he researched and taught about conserving new forms of contemporary art and social justice programming in museums. From 2007-2013 he served as Media Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art. He co-directs the Artist Archives Initiative, and in 2006 he founded Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA), a non-profit organization focusing on the production, presentation, and preservation of contemporary art.

Please arrive by 6:30 pm to enjoy the last 30 minutes of Kunsthalle for Music.

  • October 24, 2019
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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