Workshops in Time-based Media (TBM) Art Conservation


Hosted in partnership with VoCA

January 25-27, 2021
via Zoom


The Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts partnered with VoCA (Voices in Contemporary Art) to offer an Artist Interview Workshop geared toward graduate students and emerging professionals working specifically with time-based media art.

VoCA's Artist Interview Workshops are a resource for those seeking to engage in thoughtful, guided conversations with artists and utilize interview skills more effectively in their work. The program's rigorous, interactive agenda explores the nature of preservation, probes the contours of memory, and considers best practices for recording and archiving contemporary artists' own words. Over the course of two days, various presenters conduct a series of lectures and case studies that are then analyzed via roundtable discussion and tested in small group exercises. Speakers also facilitate conversations with other presenters and attendees, addressing their own experiences, the different approaches interviewers can take, and common challenges in the process. Workshop leaders are Jen Mergel, curator, and Sam Redman, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst. With guest speakers Peter Oleksik, Associate Media Conservator, The Museum of Modern Art, and Gloria Sutton, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History and New Media, Northeastern University.

Enrollment in this Artist Interview Workshop was limited to 17 participants. The workshop was tuition-free, thanks to generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


The Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) at New York University is an international leader in research and graduate teaching, and committed to global engagement and advancing the fields of art history, archaeology, and the theory and practice of conservation. Founded in 1960 as part of the IFA, the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU is the oldest degree-granting graduate program in art conservation in the United States. The Conservation Center offers a four-year, dual MA/MS graduate degree combining training in art conservation with historical, archaeological, curatorial, and scientific studies. The new specialty in Time-based Media Art Conservation was launched in January 2018.

The It’s About Time! Workshops in Time-based Media (TBM) Art Conservation series is part of a project on Time-based Media Art Conservation Education and Training funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Dr. Hannelore Roemich, TBM Program Director and Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Conservation, and Christine Frohnert, Research Scholar and TBM Program Coordinator, at the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Program Partner

VoCA (Voices in Contemporary Art) is a non-profit organization that generates critical dialogue and collaborative programming to advance a vital model for the stewardship of contemporary art. Though based in New York City, VoCA is mobile, partnering with institutions across the country and the globe to develop knowledge via three major program streams: VoCA Talks, VoCA Journal, and VoCA Workshops.