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Training: Interview Methodology for Conservators

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 13:55
International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art, North America (INCCA-NA)
21 April 2008, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Venue: AIC Annual Conference, Denver, CO
Richard Cándida Smith, Professor of History and Director, Regional Oral
History Office, University of California, Berkeley
Jill Sterrett, Director of Collections and Conservation, SFMOMA
Joyce Hill Stoner, Professor of Art Conservation, Univ. of Delaware;
Coordinator, FAIC Oral History Project
Glenn Wharton, Time-Based Media Conservator, MoMA;  Research Scholar, NYU
Interviews with artists, fabricators, and historians contribute significantly to the care of cultural heritage and art conservators find themselves increasingly in the role of interviewer.  Training conservators
in interview methodology will ensure that we have effective ways of conducting, archiving, and disseminating interviews and it is hoped that these interviews will serve the understanding and knowledge of our successors.  In this workshop, members of the conservation community who have done ground-breaking work in this area will share their unique viewpoints and examine a variety of processes for gathering essential information.  The speakers will present model projects in the field, such as INCCA’s Artist Archives Database and the FAIC Oral History program.
Historian Richard Candida-Smith, who directs a major university oral history program with a significant arts-interviewing program, will explore issues surrounding this complex topic and teach basic but effective
interview techniques.  This one-day course will include the presentation and critique of case studies and will involve attendees in active participation through small group exercises.
Contact: Gwynne Ryan, Assistant Objects Conservator, Museum of Fine Arts.
Cost: $130 (Register online at