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JENNIFER WEST | Panel discussion at Getty Center


How do works of art endure over time in the face of aging materials and changing interpretations of their meaning? How do decay, technological obsolescence, and the blending of old and new media affect what an artwork is and can become? What role do conservation and curation play in our understanding of what the artwork is and how it functions within and beyond a specific historical moment? How does media specificity limit these works’ changeable character?

Join a panel of experts for presentations and discussion combining scholarly, curatorial, conservation, and artistic perspectives in debate of the issues arising from the display, maintenance, and archiving of media artworks broadly, and from film, video, and multimedia installations specifically.
The event will interest those engaged practically and theoretically in the institutional and non-institutional lives of media artworks, the histories of display, the processes of making, unmaking, musealisation and conservation, and in questions of intentionality and archive.

Mark Gilbert, Project Manager, Watts Towers, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Hanna Hölling, Lecturer, History of Art and Materials Studies, Department of Art History, University College London

Glenn Phillips, Head of Modern and Contemporary Collections, Getty Research Institute

Jennifer West, Artist