Paper Thin: Walking the Line Between Art and Ephemera – Panel at 109th CAA Conference

Our archivist Samantha Rowe chaired a panel at CAA on Friday, February 12, 2021. A live Q & A took place from 12:00PM-12:30PM (EST). Sandrine Canac, PhD, Director of Digital Archival Projects, Samantha Rowe and five panelists from top institutions discussed the nebulous line between art object and archival record.

Art historians, archivists and curators rely on such taxonomies and classifications to maintain order, and thus, gain intellectual control over collections. Furthermore, the contexts in which these objects are displayed or conserved ultimately affect their meaning and raise important ontological questions. Five speakers will explore these points of contention, which are further complicated by the recent turn toward the digital realm and virtual exhibitions.

Order of Panelists & Papers

1)   Nicholas Martin, New York University Special Collections

Title: Enduring Contextualizations: On Exhibition Loans and Library Collections

2)   Christine S. Slobogin, PhD candidate, Birkbeck, University of London

Title: Diagrams, Doodles, or Drawings? The Ephemeral Visual Knowledge of Dickie Orpen’s Surgical Art

3)   Dorian J. Fraser, PhD candidate, Concordia University

Title: Transsubjectivity, mail art and the archival topos: D.I.Y. visual cultures of gender nonconforming communities in the 1980s

4)   Caitlin Condell, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Title: Lost and Found: Recovering the Ephemera of E. McKnight Kauffer

5)   Barbara Reisinger, PhD, University of Vienna

Title: Paper in Limbo: The Afterlife of Andy Warhol’s Cow Wallpaper

Our Project Manager for the Tom Wesselmann Catalogue Raisonné Huffa Frobes-Cross also participated in:

Crisis and Invention: Digital Publishing after 2020

On Saturday, February 13th at 6pm, the WPI’s Huffa Frobes-Cross spoke about his work as assembling and researching a digital catalogue raisonné.

His talk was entitled ‘The Tom Wesselmann Digital Corpus: Catalogue Raisonnés and Digital Publishing’

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