Moving Responsibilities: The Care of Performance-Based Sculpture

May 30, 2013 at the American Institute of Conservation Annual Meeting in Indianapolis The panel explored issues related to collecting, exhibiting, and conserving performance-based artworks, using the work of the internationally acclaimed artist duo Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla as a set of case studies.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art was selected to present the work of the Puerto Rico-based artist collaborative Allora & Calzadilla at the U.S. Pavilion for the 2011 Venice Biennale. This panel provided a rare opportunity for AIC's members to hear presentations and discussions from the principal performer of the work Body in Flight (Delta) and a conservator who has worked on another work by the duo in MoMA's collection, Stop, Repair, Prepare. Body in Flight (Delta) was performed at the AIC Opening Reception to over 700 mesmerized people!

Participants: Sadie Wilhelmi, Dancer and Aerialist Performer; performer for for the internationally regarded art team Allora & Calzadilla Glenn Wharton, Conservator of Time Based Media, Museum of Modern Art Richard McCoy, Conservator of Objects & Variable Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art Anastasia Tinari, Weisenberger Fellow of America Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art

Preparing a Mola Garment for Display

Kathleen Kiefer, Textile Conservator, IMA Conservation Department

The Oddy Test

Kathleen Kiefer, Senior Conservator of Textiles Conservation and Conservation Science Departments Indianapolis Museum of Art

Pigment Analysis with X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry
Gregory Smith, PhD, Otto N. Frenzel III Senior Conservation Scientist
Conservation and Conservation Science Departments
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Examining a Veronese with XRF Spectrometry

Paintings Conservator Alexis Miller and Curator of European Art John Marciari discuss the role of conservation in uncovering art historical information about works in the collection of the San Diego Museum of Art.

Produced by Balboa Art Conservation Center, Balboa Park Online Collaborative, and The San Diego Museum of Art