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Part One (1:14:32)

Opening Remarks
Marcia Reed, Getty Research Institute

John Tain, Getty Research Institute
Liza Kirwin, Archives of American Art

Keynote Address
Un-Knowing, Getting Lost, Linking Points in Space: The New Archival Practice
Sven Spieker, University of California, Santa Barbara

Part Two (1:35:11)

Artist Presentations
George Herms, Suzanne Lacy, and Mario Garcia Torres

Part Three (1:04:44)

Conversation with the Artists
Moderated by Julia Bryan-Wilson, University of California, Berkeley

Closing Remarks
Michael Lobel, Purchase College, State University of New York

In Mourning and In Rage media performance
Saturday, November 12, 2011
1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Museum Lecture Hall
The Getty Center

In recent decades, artists have become increasingly interested in archives both as inspiration and as an artistic medium. Accumulating and sorting—the same impulses that drive the creation of an archive—feed the process of making assemblages and collages. Conceptual and performance art continue to blur the line between art and documentation. And more recently, many artists draw on the archive to revisit and reenact earlier works. This symposium considers how archives not only trace the creative process but also become part of that process and even of the work itself.

A panel of artists and scholars explores the ways contemporary artists incorporate archives into their work. Invited speakers include artists George Herms, Suzanne Lacy, and Mario Garcia Torres, and scholar Sven Spieker.

Artists & Archives is presented in conjunction with Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980—a Pacific Standard Time exhibition rooted in the archival holdings of Getty Research Institute's Special Collections.