April 21, 2017 and April 20, 2018


Artist Archives Symposium: Welcome by Marvin Taylor

MARVIN J. TAYLOR welcomes the audience and addresses the importance of the Artist Archive Initiative. Filmed at Fales Library. (2018)

Artist Archives Symposium: Introduction

GLENN WHARTON introduces the Artist Archives Initiative and its progress over the past two years. Filmed at Fales Library. (2018)

Artist Archives Symposium: Mira Friedlaender

MIRA FRIEDLAENDER, Director of the Bilge Friedlaender Estate, “Processing the Artist’s Estate as a Creative Act.” Artist Mira Friedlaender discusses her technical and creative work to process her mother’s studio, artworks, and archive. Filmed at the Fales Library. (2018)

FRANCESCA ESMAY, Conservator at the Guggenheim Museum & JEFFREY WEISS, Independent Curator and Critic, present “Developing Artist Information Resources for the Panza Collection at the Guggenheim Museum.” They discuss discuss the logistical and creative challenges they encountered in creating artist information resources for the Panza Collection at the Guggenheim Museum. Filmed at the Fales Library. (2018)
Artist Archives Symposium: First Panel Discussion
GLENN WHARTON, MIRA FRIEDLAENDER, FRANCESCA ESMAY AND JEFFREY WEISS participate in the “First Panel Discussion” on methodologies and obstacles of establishing artist archives. Filmed at the Fales Library. (2018)

JOANNA PHILLIPS, Senior Conservator of Time- Based Media Conservation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, “Museum Mechanisms of Capturing Artist-Embodied Knowledge to Support the Collection of Variable Contemporary Art.” Ms. Phillips describes museum mechanisms for capturing artist embodied knowledge, as well as the significance of installation instructions and variability in contemporary art. Filmed at the Fales Library. (2018)

ANN BUTLER, Director of the Library & Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, “Adjacencies: Managing Artists’ Records Within Curatorial Files” on the importance of adjacencies in sustaining curatorial artist records.  Filmed at the Fales Library. (2018)

DEENA ENGEL, Co-Director of the Artist Archives Initiative & BRANDON ENG, Research Associate for the Artist Archives Initiative’s Joan Jonas Knowledge Base,“The Joan Jonas Knowledge Base Project.” They discuss the significance of the Joan Jonas Knowledge Base, the research procedure, and the struggle to comprehensively convey the variability and layering of the works on a digital database. Filmed at the Fales Library.(2018)

Artist Archives Symposium: Second Panel Discussion & Closing Remarks

Second Panel Participants: DEENA ENGEL, BRANDON ENG, ANN BUTLER, & JOANNA PHILLIPS participate in the “Second Panel Discussion”. They talk about questions of public versus private, the link between archives and computer science, and other vital aspects of archives. Filmed at the Fales Library. (2018)
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ARTIST ARCHIVES SYMPOSIUM: INTRODUCTION | Marvin J. Taylor and Glenn Wharton introduce the Artist Archives Initiative and why David Wojnarowicz was chosen as its first artist. Filmed at Fales Library. (2017)
JENNIFER & KEVIN MCCOY – ARTIST ARCHIVES SYMPOSIUM | Multimedia artists Jennifer & Kevin McCoy discuss their own work, and the documentation they’ve created to allow it a continued life. Filmed at the Fales Library. (2017)
DAVID KIEHL – ARTIST ARCHIVES SYMPOSIUM | David Kiehl of the Whitney Museum of American Art talks about the unique power of David Wojnarowicz’s work and why it, his artistic processes, and stories from his personal artistic circle so need to be preserved. (2017)
LAURA MCCANN – ARTIST ARCHIVES SYMPOSIUM | Conservation Librarian Laura McCann talks about her approach to preservation, her work on the Artist Archives Initiative, and how to catalogue a papier-mache wolf’s head. (2017)
GLENN WHARTON – ARTIST ARCHIVES SYMPOSIUM | Glenn Wharton describes the development of the Artist Archives Initiative and its first project, the David Wojnarowicz Knowledge Base. (2017)
DEENA ENGEL – ARTIST ARCHIVES SYMPOSIUM | The Director of the Program in Digital Humanities and Social Science in the Department of Computer Science at NYU, Deena Engel, describes the technical needs of the project and the work she and her students performed to make the Artist Archives Initiative possible. (2017)
DIANA KAMIN – ARTIST ARCHIVES SYMPOSIUM | Diana Kamin of the Media, Culture, and Communication department at NYU Steinhardt discusses her role in the initiative. (2017)
ARTIST ARCHIVES SYMPOSIUM DISCUSSION | All panelists come together to further discuss the initiative and answer questions from the audience. (2017)