MUSEUM NEWS: Introducing The Artist Initiative!
SFMOMA is thrilled to announce The Artist Initiative, a long-term project dedicated to collaborating with living artists in order to put their voices at the center of our evolving approach to art conservation and collection research. Supported by a $1.75 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, one of the main objectives of The Artist Initiative is to share new research with the museum community, and surface findings for the public through web publishing and enriched in-gallery experiences.
“Traditionally thought of as a solitary pursuit in backrooms of museums, art conservation is rapidly emerging as a collaborative and relationship-based practice in the museum of the 21st century,” said Jill Sterrett, director of collections and conservation at SFMOMA. ”As art making has grown from an individual endeavor to comprise more collaborative or shared experiences, so too has conservation, engaging many disciplines within the museum. An ever-growing array of unorthodox artist materials—ranging from food to the internet—adds to the demand for a corollary shift in thinking from museums.”
WHAT THIS MEANS: We’ll now be working with artists directly to preserve their works. We’ll then share our findings with the museum community, and you!
The Artist Initiative will begin by diving into five areas of SFMOMA’s collection: Photography in the 1970s, The Art of Ellsworth Kelly, Up Close with Vija Celmins, Julia Scher’s Predictive Engineering, and Bay Area High-Tech Design. READ MORE→
Read the NYTimes’ article covering this announcement→