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The Hirshhorn Artist Interview Program: Capturing the Contemporary

Capturing the Contemporary is a collaborative initiative among Hirshhorn conservators, curators, educators, and other staff to engage in a series of preservation-focused dialogues with artists about their works in the collection.

It has become globally recognized that artist interviews are an essential component in the conservation of modern and contemporary artworks. Artists continue to push boundaries by exploring unconventional materials and fabrication techniques. Further complications have arisen with the advent of installation and conceptual art. Communication with the artist is often necessary to elucidate not just how a work was made but also which components or qualities are central to its meaning, thus requiring preservation.

For access to interview videos and transcripts, send a request to hmsgcollections@si.edu.

Janine Antoni, February 11, 2015
 

Jae Ko, November 7, 2014
 

Claes Oldenburg, November 6, 2014
 

Jennie C. Jones, September 13, 2014
 

Siebren Versteeg, September 12, 2014
 

 Robin RoseRobin Rose, March 6, 2014
 

Jake ChapmanJake Chapman, December 11, 2013
 

Raphael Montañez Ortiz Piano Destruction Concert BannerRaphael Montañez Ortiz, October 25, 2013 
 

Ann Hamilton Headshot MobileAnn Hamilton, May 18, 2013
  

Dan SteinhilberDan Steinhilber, May 9, 2013
  

Kota Ezawa’s self-portrait (detail) from "History of Photography Remix," slide projection, 2004–06. From the Hirshhorn’s collection. Courtesy of the artistKota Ezawa, May 2, 2013
  

Maggie MichaelMaggie Michael, March 21, 2013
  

 ChristoChristo, March 28, 2013
  

Andrea WayAndrea Way, February 18, 2013
  

Vito Acconci and Ai WeiWeiVito Acconci, January 17, 2013
  

The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships’ Conservation of Museum Collections Program provided funding for conservation fellow Steven O’Banion to launch the Artist Interview Program. Nicholas Kaplan and Matthew Jex generously volunteered their time to film and edit the interviews. The Artist Interview Program is currently overseen by conservator Briana Feston-Brunet.

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