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Friday, May 31, 2019

NEW YORK | It's All About Time: New Art Forms Challenging Traditional Ideas About Art and its Conservation

Start Date: 5/31/2019 5:30 PM EDT
End Date: 5/31/2019 7:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY  United States  10028

Organization Name: ArtTable NY

ArtTable NY
Email: programs@arttable.org
Phone: 212 343 1735 Ext. 13


Members Only | $20.00


Join ArtTable NY for the first of a new series, Women, Art and Tech., at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This evening will feature a brief stop at Icelandic artist Ragnar Karjstensson’s premiere of his immersive video installation, Death is Elsewhere, before a behind-the-scenes visit to the Museum’s Photography Conservation Lab.  

In the conservation lab, we will hear directly from Nora Kennedy, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge, who will present a quick historical introduction to the Department of Photograph Conservation and introduce the recently formed Time-Based Media (TBM) Working Group. Additionally, Alexandra Nichols, Fellow, Photograph Conservation, will focus with a deep dive into Time-Based Media art, highlighting several artworks from the Met’s collection. Members should expect an illuminating conversation about many unprecedented issues facing art dealers, collectors, curators and conservators as they collect, exhibit and preserve new media. 

What is the original?  How does a museum/collector acquire and display art that exists only on line? Is it possible to preserve an artwork’s integrity through changing hardware and shifting installation requirements? What unique issues do these new media present regarding ownership, documentation, storage, and preservation? The Met’s conservators will share specific cases and issues they’re grappling with and there will be time to ask questions of your own. 

Afterwards, members will have the option to return to Kjarstensson or head to the Roof Garden for the new Alicja Kwade commission, Parapivot, on the Roof Garden, where one can also enjoy a drink and nibbles. The Museum remains open until 9:00 PM.

Nora Kennedy is the Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of the Department of Photograph Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, where she has been on staff since 1990. Established in 2015, her department conserves The Met’s photographs, but has also taken on oversight of time-based media preservation for the Museum. The Met’s focus is on acquisitions, exhibitions and loans, but conservators and scientists continue to expand the Museum’s initiatives in education, technical research, publication, and advocacy. 

Kennedy is an adjunct faculty member of New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center where she has served as an advisor to the new TBMA conservation specialization. She is proud of her international collaborations including the Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (
www.meppi.me) to provide preservation training for collection keepers throughout the region. In 2003 the University of Delaware awarded her a Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement. In 2006 she was awarded the American Institute for Conservation’s Sheldon and Carolyn Keck Award recognizing a sustained record of excellence in the education and training of conservation professionals. In 2011 she received the HP Image Permanence Award for her work with continuing professional development for conservators, the Digital Sample Sets, and the establishment of the Photograph Information Record.

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, Alexandra graduated with an MS in Art Conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, where she completed graduate internships at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, Denmark; the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC.

Thank you to Lori Shepard, Louky Keijsers Koning, Randy Rosen, Julia P. Herzberg, Ph.D. for organizing this program. 

Image:  Research Assistants Lia Kramer and Lorena Ramirez-Lopez examine Jim Campbell's "Motion and Rest #2 ,". The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Henry Nias Foundation Inc. Gift, 2004 (2004.105) Image courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


ArtTable is a 501.c.3 organization.
All programs are non-refundable.

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