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Artist Interview Project INCCA-NA (2011)

Training Seminars on Interviewing Artists and Fabricators for Essential Information

To be Held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in February 2012 and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in April 2012

The International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art-North America (INCCA-NA) today announced it has been awarded a $65,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support its Artist Interview Project. The program will offer training seminars to educate conservators, curators, educators and their colleagues on methods for interviewing artists to gather knowledge essential to preservation.

Increasingly over the 20th century into the 21st century, artists have experimented with an unprecedented range of new materials and technologies – often with untested longevity and built-in obsolescence leading to instability. The critical need to engage artists, their fabricators and estates in developing preservation strategies has led to an increasing demand for interview skills in the complex task of obtaining information from “guided conversations”. The Artist Interview Project will provide this training.

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