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Pondering Apelles: Conservation Approaches to Modern and Contemporary Art (Conservation Matters lecture)

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2005
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall
Admission: Free; reservations required.

Earthworks, found objects, performance and video art—the definition of art is constantly expanding. Some artworks are even designed to have short lifespans.

How should museum curators and conservators handle this huge range and variety? Can we preserve the intangible in a work that will ultimately disappear?

In this latest installment of the Conservation Matters lecture series, Jim Coddington will discuss specific examples of preservation of contemporary art and shed light on the various theoretical approaches that underlie conservators' work today.

About Jim Coddington
Jim Coddington is the Agnes Gund Chief Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where he has been a conservator since 1987. He has lectured and published on a number of topics, including the theory and practice of modern art conservation, digital imaging, and image processing in the conservation and structural restoration of paintings.

Read an interview with Jim Coddington in Time and Change: A Discussion about the Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art.

About Conservation Matters
Conservation Matters is a series of occasional lectures hosted by the Getty Conservation Institute examining conservation issues from around the world.

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