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Announcing our 2018 Conferences: Preserving Modern and Contemporary Collections

    • Modern and Contemporary 2018

Caring for modern and contemporary collections is a continually-evolving challenge. The 20th and 21st centuries have presented a vast array of new materials, leaving collections staff in uncharted territory as they address unprecedented preservation problems. Colors change and fade, structures lose their integrity, and material components become obsolete. Museums, libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions must understand the long-term preservation needs of these items in order to determine appropriate priorities for conservation, storage, documentation, and exhibition.

 

This year, we’re organizing two national conferences on the topic of preserving modern and contemporary collections.

Now on View: Preserving Modern and Contemporary Museum Collections will be presented September 12-13 at The Broad in Los Angeles, CA.

Now! And Then? Preserving Modern and Contemporary Collections in Libraries and Archives will be presented October 24-25 at the Center for Jewish History in New York, NY.

 

CCAHA Education Program Manager & Preservation Consultant Stephenie Bailey spoke about what conference participants have to look forward to.

Different institutions, different challenges

“The difficulties of preserving modern and contemporary collections are different for museums, libraries, and archives,” Bailey says. “With these two offerings, we will address the nuances of the distinct challenges facing collections care staff at institutions of all kinds.”

Programming coast to coast

“We’re excited about the opportunity to discuss this topic on both sides of the country,” Bailey says. “The East Coast has a concentration of archives and libraries currently tackling issues of work-flows, intellectual property rights, and modern materials in contemporary collections. Los Angeles, the nexus of the West Coast’s vibrant modern and contemporary art scene, will be an ideal place to discuss how museums are negotiating preservation challenges related to exhibition, artist/conservator relationships, and storage of modern materials.”

Two dynamic hosts

“A major highlight of every national conference is spending two days at a fantastic institution,” Bailey says. Participants at each conference will have the opportunity to experience current exhibitions and join behind-the-scenes tours of the facilities.

Participants of Now on View: Preserving Modern and Contemporary Museum Collections will enjoy Los Angeles’ The Broad, with access to exclusive curator-led tours of exhibition galleries.

Now! And Then? Preserving Modern and Contemporary Collections in Libraries and Archives will be presented at the Center for Jewish History (CJH) in New York. Participants will have access to exclusive tours of the preservation departments at CJH, as well as the public exhibition spaces of CJH’s five partner institutions (American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Art Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research).

 

In the coming months, we’ll be announcing speaker lists, tentative agendas, and more. 

Click here to learn more and register for the programs.