Monthly Archives: July 2018

Is This Permanence: Preservation of Born-digital Artists’ Archives – Recording Available


Is This Permanence: Preservation of Born-digital Artists’ Archives
Friday, May 11, 2018, 10 am–5 pm
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut

The internet pioneer Vint Cerf has said, “Preservation by accident is not a plan.” Without a plan, will born-digital art last even one lifetime? If we do not develop solutions now, we risk losing not only born-digital art but artists’ archives as well, effectively erasing the work and memory of this generation and subsequent generations’ art history.

Today, an artist’s studio ephemera likely consists of old laptops and iPhones, professional websites and social media accounts, as well as traditional analog materials. Artists’ archives are increasingly hybrid collections, requiring adaptable preservation methods. This symposium will explore the challenges of born-digital preservation and artists’ archives, including: artists’ use of born-digital methods as part of their practice and as a means of documentation, the state of the digital preservation field for artists and those who steward their archives, and preservation strategies for artists, museums, collectors, archives, and libraries.

The keynote speaker is Jon Ippolito, Professor of New Media and Director of the Digital Curation graduate program, University of Maine.

In addition to Ippolito’s talk, this program featured presentations by Clifford Allen and Deb Verhoff, Watermill Center, Robert Wilson Archives and New York University; John Bell, Dartmouth College; Deena Engel and Glenn Wharton, New York University; Sara England and Mikhel Proulx, Concordia University; Josh Franco and Hilary Price, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution; Laura Molloy, University of Oxford; Colin Post, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Farris Wahbeh, Whitney Museum of American Art.

This event was co-sponsored by the Yale Center for British Art, the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University Library Digital Preservation Services, Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/ NA), and the National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information (NDSR Art).


2018 NDSR Art Capstone – Recording Available

2018 Capstone Closing Remarks.

NDSR Art Capstone: Preserving Media Art & Digital Art Information

On Friday, June 29, 2018 the 2018-2019 NDSR Art cohort hosted a one-day capstone event to discuss their year-long projects and offer new perspectives on preserving media art and digital art information. The capstone examined the residents’ work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania Fisher Fine Arts Library, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art and their efforts aspire to contribute to the larger conversation surrounding arts-related preservation issues. The event was bolstered by perspectives from practitioners in the field, including new media curators, time-based media artists, conservators, and preservationists.

Recording available on ARLIS/NA Learning Portal

Welcome and Introduction
Kimberly Eke, Assoc. University Librarian for Teaching, Research & Learning Services, University of Pennsylvania
Kristen Regina, Arcadia Director of the Library and Archives, Philadelphia Museum of Art

NDSR Art Hosts Panel Discussion
Frances Lloyd-Baynes, Content Database Specialist, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Margaret Huang, Digital Archivist, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Hannah Bennett, Director of Fisher Fine Arts & Museum Libraries, University of Pennsylvania
Rachel Chatalbash, Senior Archivist, Yale Center for British Art

Lesson Learned and Moving Forward: Creating Stewardship Strategies for Digital GLAM Assets from Scratch
Erin Barsan, NDSR Art Resident, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Elise Tanner, NDSR Art Resident, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Coral Salomón, NDSR Art Resident, University of Pennsylvania
Cate Peebles, NDSR Art Resident, Yale Center for British Art

Practices of Care: Artists Discuss the Practical and Philosophical Considerations of Time-Based Media Works
Lionel Cruet, Contemporary audiovisual and geopolitical artist
Matthew Suib, Moving image artist
Nadia Hironaka, Video installation artist

Advancing New Strategies in the Preservation and Conservation of Time-Based Media Art (session not recorded)
Flaminia Fortunato, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Media Conservation, Museum of Modern Art
Dave Rice, Archivist and technologist, CUNY TV; author of “Sustained Consistent Video Presentation” PERICLES report commissioned by Tate Research

Long Live the GIF: Reflections on the Curation, Acquisition, and Preservation of Web-based Art and Culture
Jason Eppink, Curator of Digital Media, Museum of the Moving Image
Lorena Ramírez,-LópezTime-based media consultant, Small Data Industries

Closing Remarks
NDSR Art Residents

Registration Open: NDSR Art Immersion Week Keynote – Digital Transformation and Cultural Heritage

To close the 2018-2019 NDSR Art Immersion Week, Keynote Douglas Hegley, Chief Digital Officer at Minneapolis Institute of Art, shares reflections on digital transformation and cultural heritage.

Digital Transformation and Cultural Heritage
Keynote Lecture by Douglas Hegley
Friday, July 20th // 4pm
Perelman Auditorium, Philadelphia Museum of Art

The keynote is free and open to the public but registration is required. Register here.

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Douglas Hegley joined the museum sector in 1997, after previous stints in higher education and pediatric research. During 14 years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, he helped create collaborative technology operations and deliver engaging digital content to visitors. In 2011 he joined the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where as the Chief Digital Officer he sets the vision and strategy for all digital media and technology efforts, and aims to deliver engaging stories to all audiences via digital channels. Mr. Hegley has been recognized by his peers as a leader in the field, and has served on the boards and committees of several cultural heritage organizations, including the Minnesota Association of Museums, and the Museum Computer Network (president in 2011).



The National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) Art program helps art and cultural institutions tackle issues of digital stewardship. It is an iteration of the NDSR program that began in 2013, with a pilot project developed by the Library of Congress in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The mission of the NDSR program is to build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance our nation’s capabilities in managing, preserving, and making accessible the digital record of human achievement.

NDSR Art adapts and expands the NDSR model by addressing issues of digital preservation and stewardship in relation to the arts, with a particular focus on new media and arts information. The program will support two nationally dispersed cohorts– each consisting of four recent postgraduates placed in host institutions for twelve-month residencies. The first cohort begins late July 2017 with an Immersion Week held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

NDSR Art is a partnership of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and ARLIS/NA, made possible with generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.