DAVID SENIOR, DAVID ABEL, DR. CHRISTINA OLSEN
Are, is being, will have been
May 24, 2011, 5pm
$5 suggested donation
What might it mean to archive the activities of a non-collecting contemporary art center? How should an institution record its present tense? How can the recording device function as a prosthetic, accomplice, or rival to what happens in four fat dimensions? What gets obfuscated in the transfer? How much is an institution beholden to its own past? Its neighbor’s past? Etc.
David Senior, Bibliographer, The Museum of Modern Art Library, presents a survey of artist publications from the 20th century. Senior is joined by David Abel, a Portland-based writer, editor, and executor of poet Gene Frumkin’s archive. A current Research Fellow at the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, Abel will speak about how archives are adaptable to history in the making. Christina Olsen presents on The Getty Foundation’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative and Object Stories, a project at the Portland Art Museum featuring an interactive video booth where visitors’ stories are captured and published in an online digital archive.