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Friday, May 31 • 4:40pm - 5:00pm
(Contemporary Art Session 1) Artist materials collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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The artist materials collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a key component of the conservation department’s mission to engage and interact with contemporary artists and their creations.

More than solely a collection of 20th and 21st century materials, this collection contextualizes contemporary art practice and celebrates the conservation department’s ongoing, active relationship with artists.

Containing more than 300 objects, the ever-growing collection includes a diverse range of materials, examples of which include swatches of silk custom-dyed by Robert Rauschenberg to replace a deteriorated silk component on his combine work, photographs and documents from the Richard Avedon studio describing mounting and materials used for prints in the series, In the American West, DeFeo’s painting trowel, original materials used in the fabrication of Eva Hesse’s molded fiberglass sculptures, a vintage camera provided by Nam June Paik relating to a work in the collection nd mock-ups by Richard Tuttle to test mounting techniques in advance of his retrospective.

This presentation will describe the artist materials collection and how it supports collaborative activity with artists, which is at the very heart of contemporary art conservation. The collection is being envisioned as a dynamic and accessible resource in the SFMOMA’s building expansion, scheduled to open in 2016.


Theresa Andrews

Conservator of Photographs, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Theresa Andrews is the Conservator of Photographs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has been at SFMOMA since 1998. She holds an MA and Certificate of Advanced Study in Conservation from the Buffalo State Art Conservation Department, SUNY, 1991. She audited the Photographic Materials Block taught by Debbie Hess Norris at the University of Delaware/Winterthur Art Conservation Program in spring, 1991. Her responsibilities at SFMOMA... Read More →

michelle barger

Deputy Head of Conservation, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Paula De Cristofaro

Paintings Conservator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Paula De Cristofaro has worked in the SFMOMA Conservation Department since 1990. Prior to joining the staff at SFMOMA, she worked at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland Ohio. She completed the Conservation Training Program at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and was an Advanced Intern in Conservation at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. Paula was awarded the Rome Prize in... Read More →
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Martina Haidvogl

Associate Media Conservator, SFMOMA
Martina Haidvogl is the Associate Media Conservator at SFMOMA, where she has piloted documentation and preservation initiatives for the Media Arts collection since 2011. Martina has lectured and published internationally on media conservation and its implications for museum collections, as well as conservation strategies for audio artworks by Dieter Roth, the subject of her master's thesis. She studied conservation and restoration at the... Read More →

Amanda Hunter Johnson

Associate Paper Conservator, SFMOMA

Jill Sterrett

Head of Conservation and Collections, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Jill Sterrett has been the Director of Collections at the San Francisco Museum of Modern since 2001. In this role, she oversees five allied departments in a museum structure that is designed to foster working sites of collaboration serving the museum’s programs and its collection. Jill has been on staff at SFMOMA for the last 25 years, first as Paper Conservator (1990-2000) and then Head of Conservation (2000-2001). She has also worked at... Read More →

Friday May 31, 2013 4:40pm - 5:00pm
JW Marriott White River Ballroom E 10 S West St Indianapolis, IN 46204