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Artist Interview Program

Capturing the Contemporary is a collaborative initiative among Hirshhorn conservators, curators, educators, and other staff to engage in a series of preservation-focused dialogues with artists about their works in the collection.

It has become globally recognized that artist interviews are an essential component in the conservation of modern and contemporary artworks. Artists continue to push boundaries by exploring unconventional materials and fabrication techniques. Further complications have arisen with the advent of installation and conceptual art. Communication with the artist is often necessary to elucidate not just how a work was made but also which components or qualities are central to its meaning, thus requiring preservation.

Jake ChapmanJake Chapman
December 11, 2013
 

Raphael Montañez Ortiz Piano Destruction Concert BannerRaphael Montañez Ortiz
October 25, 2013 
 

Ann Hamilton Headshot MobileAnn Hamilton
May 18, 2013
  

Dan SteinhilberDan Steinhilber
May 9, 2013
  

Kota Ezawa’s self-portrait (detail) from "History of Photography Remix," slide projection, 2004–06. From the Hirshhorn’s collection. Courtesy of the artistKota Ezawa
May 2, 2013
  

Maggie MichaelMaggie Michael
March 21, 2013
  

Meet the Artist: ChristoChristo
March 28, 2013
  

Andrea WayAndrea Way
February 18, 2013
  

Vito Acconci and Ai WeiWeiVito Acconci
January 17, 2013
  

For access to interview transcripts, send a request to hmsgcollections@si.edu.

The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships’ Conservation of Museum Collections Program provided funding for conservator Steven O’Banion to launch the Artist Interview Program. Nicholas Kaplan and Matthew Jex generously volunteered their time to film and edit the interviews.

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