MoMA Workshop: Conservation of Video Art

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Monday, 8 June, 2020 to Friday, 12 June, 2020
Sunday, 22 December, 2019
New York City

The Museum of Modern Art
Media Conservation Initiative, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Application Deadline - Sunday December 22, 2019

The workshop "Conservation of Video Art" will be held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from June 8-12, 2020. It will cover the history of video technology (analog and digital), migration, exhibition, conservation treatment methodologies, and collection care.Building upon established methods and prior contributions on the care of video art, participants will learn the latest developments in video art production, treatment and display as well as the impact that decision-making has on the integrity of these works. Collaborative models of care will be an integral part of this workshop and participants should be prepared to present on their particular contexts and engage in robust discussions. The workshop will leverage MoMA's extensive video art collection and newly built media conservation lab to teach new skills and introduce participants to the wide scope of practices and knowledge required to care for video art.

Session topics will include:
• Impact of decision-making on the integrity of video artworks
• Technical history of video making, covering all aspects of production, post production, and exhibition
• Condition assessment of analog and digital video
• Strategies for working collaboratively with outside experts and vendors
• Technical history, aesthetics and maintenance of display and playback equipment including monitors, projectors and media players
• Treatment strategies related to exhibition and preservation, including analog-to-digital conversions and file transcoding

This workshop is made possible by the Media Conservation Initiative, a five-year program at MoMA funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Since the grant was awarded in 2016, MoMA has offered a series of workshops and meetings to address the need for continuing professional development and dialogue among those working with time-based media art collections. Resources and information about past workshops can be found on the program's website at

Application Requirements: Open to conservators from any discipline, or related professions, who have a responsibility for the treatment and exhibition of video art within a collecting institution. Attendance is limited to sixteen participants. Participants are expected to attend all five days. English will be the language of instruction.

Registration Fees: There is no registration fee. Economy travel and lodging will be provided for participants coming from outside the New York metro area.

How to Apply: Please provide
1) a letter of interest (750 words maximum);
2) a Curriculum Vitae;
3) a budget of the anticipated cost of your attendance, in U.S. dollars, and
4) a completed Collection Data Form (
In the letter of interest, please indicate how this workshop applies to your daily work, what impact you anticipate your attendance at this workshop will have on the video collection, and any prior experience you have with this topic (e.g., conferences or workshops attended, coursework, etc.). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications should be submitted via email to Lorena Ramírez-López, Project Coordinator, Media Conservation Initiative at no later than midnight ET on Sunday, December 22, 2019, with notifications expected by the mid-March 2020.