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Friday, June 1 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
(Material Transfers & Translations) Whitney Replication Committee: Transparency in the Age of Reproduction

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Since its 2008 inception, The Whitney Museum of American Art's Replication Committee has explored ethical and practical considerations related to the reproducibility of works of art in the collections for purposes assocated with the Museum's mission. Museum objects have been replicated, reformatted, and altered in various ways for a variety of reasons. While transformation has always been a part of the history of museum objects, these types of interventions have become even more pervasive in the last decade, especially as a conservation treatment option. Often, these activities have a profound impact on the object itself, either physically, conceptually, or both.

At the outset of Committee discussions, it became clear that it was necessary to frame the context for replication by defining a set of vocabularies and language through which the range of such practices is understood. Initially, it was believed that the development of such protocols would subsequently apply to other artworks under review. However, the thinking of the group began to evolve as the Committee attempted to contextualize replicated works.

Using replication case studies, the presenters will outline the dynamics of the Committee's decision making process. They will explain the rationale used to define the Museum's institutional criteria for works that are fabricated, refabricated, or replicated, and the challenges in establishing systems which capture transformations that are more complex in nature. This process includes producing transparent information and documentation, clearly alerting our audiences to these changes, and allowing for a more complete understanding of the work as a materialized object at a moment in time.

Speakers
avatar for Margo Delidow-[PA]

Margo Delidow-[PA]

Assistant Conservator, Whitney Museum of American Art
Margo Delidow is a Partner at Whryta Contemporary Art Conservation. After completing a Masters of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Study in Conservation from The Art Conservation Program at the State University College in Buffalo, Margo joined the Sculpture Conservation Departmen... Read More →
avatar for Clara Rojas Sebesta

Clara Rojas Sebesta

Assistant Conservator, Whitney Museum
Clara Rojas-Sebesta, Assistant Conservator for the Whitney Museum of American Art, is a graduate of the Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, with a specialization in works of art on paper. She also holds degrees in art history from Cornell Unive... Read More →

Co-Authors
avatar for Farris Wahbeh

Farris Wahbeh

Benjamin and Irma Weiss Director of Research Resources, Whitney Museum
Farris Wahbeh, Benjamin and Irma Weiss Director of Research Resources, Whitney Museum of American Art, has experience with collections that house archival materials ranging from the eighteenth century to art collections of the twenty-first. Mr. Wahbeh is also a Visiting Assistant... Read More →

Friday June 1, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Texas Ballroom B Marriott Marquis Houston

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