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Art and Archives: Three Perspectives

  • Catharine Clark Gallery 248 Utah Street San Francisco, CA 94103 (map)

The Challenges and Insights in Amassing an Archive

Have you ever wondered what material belongs in an archive and just who would need an archive? This presentation will analyze three case studies of contemporary art archives: an artist, a curator and a collector. This is something we need to know when working with large collector estates or artists.

The personal and professional archive of Sonya Rapoport (1923-2015), a Berkeley-based conceptual artist, challenges us to consider the blurred boundaries between art objects and ephemera.

The massive archive of the renowned Swiss curator/artist, Harald Szeemann (1933-2005), acquired by the Getty Research Institute and recently revealed in an international traveling retrospective, provides remarkable insights into the dealings of the late 20th-century avant-garde.

The exceptional regional art collection and archives of Rene di Rosa (1919-2010), a Bay Area vintner and art collector, is preserved, exhibited, and made available for study at the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art and provides an invaluable resource for the study of Northern California experimental art and artists.

The presenters are Terri Cohn (Candidate member of ASA, Terri Cohn Art Service) and Alla Efimova, PhD, KunstWorks, (Strategic Legacy Planning for Artists and Estates.)