Object in Transition Conference

Object in Transition Conference

Getty Center

November 13, 2007
Object in Transition Conference

Getty Center, Los Angeles

1200 Getty Center Drive

Los Angeles, California 90049


Presented by the Getty Conservation Institute and the Getty Research Institute, “The Object in Transition: A Cross Disciplinary Conference on the Preservation and Study of Modern and Contemporary Art”, will explore some of the key issues surrounding the conservation of contemporary sculpture, painting, and mixed-media artworks, and the collaborative possibilities, primarily between conservators, art historians, and curators, working in these fields.

The two-day event will feature intensive professional dialogues on case studies and general panel discussions. Topics will include the importance of an artwork’s surface, dealing with process, the artist’s voice and intent, the life and death of objects, and examining multi-disciplinary collaboration. Artists to be discussed include Eva Hesse, Sol Le Wit, Roy Lichtenstein, Piet Mondrian, Bruce Nauman, Barnett Newman, David Novros, and James Turrell. A number of relevant art works are anticipated to be on display, enabling the audience to actively participate in the discussion of these works.

In addition, a panel discussion, open to the public, with artists Robert Gober, Rachel Harrison and Paul McCarthy in conversation with Christian Scheidemann (private conservator in NY) and Elisabeth Sussman (curator at the Whitney Museum of Art) will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center.

More information, including a preliminary program, about the Object in Transition conference can be found on the conference website:


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