Workshop 3

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Caring for Artists’ Films

June 10-14, 2019 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York


Does your institution have a collection of avant-garde, experimental, or artists’ films? Are you uncertain where to get started in caring for such a collection? This five-day hands-on workshop will focus on the stewardship of both analog and digital artists’ films within collecting institutions such as museums, archives, libraries, and distributors. Participants will gain the knowledge and tools necessary to properly acquire, store, migrate, exhibit, and generally maintain these films, which have unique requirements for their care and display. 

Caring for artists’ films is broadly acknowledged as a pan-institutional endeavor requiring direct involvement from curatorial, conservation, audio visual, IT, registrar and collection care staff. This will be reflected throughout the workshop curriculum as well as in the application itself which requires pairs of colleagues from the applying institution.

This workshop is open to staff from museums, archives, libraries, distributors, and others who care for film collections that include artists’ films. Applicants should be permanent members of staff at their institution (full- or part-time). This could be a conservator, audio visual technician, collection specialist or manager etc.  Priority will be given to those with significant film collection needs, a critical need for staff training and demonstrable institutional desire to take action.