Kate Lewis, the Agnes Gund Chief Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, will discuss the challenges of caring for time-based media art. Conservators must grapple with technical obsolescence, navigate complex hardware and software, and satisfy unusual installation demands. Lewis will focus on works by Nam June Paik, Nalini Malani, Tania Bruguera, and others.
Following her talk, Lewis will be joined by Mary Schneider Enriquez, the Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Marina Isgro, the inaugural Nam June Paik Research Fellow at the Harvard Art Museums, for a conversation about new media in museums.
This lecture is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Nam June Paik: Screen Play, which celebrates a recent gift from Paik’s nephew and Harvard alumnus Ken Hakuta (M.B.A. ’77). Hakuta donated nine works by Paik to the museums and established the Nam June Paik Research Fellowship, making the Harvard Art Museums an important repository of the artist’s work for exhibition, study, and research.
The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 5:30pm.
Free admission, but seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 5:30pm at the Broadway entrance. One ticket per person.
After the talk, guests are invited to view the Nam June Paik: Screen Play exhibition on Level 3 until 8pm.
Complimentary parking is available in the Oxford Street Garage, located at 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge.