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Saturday, May 31 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
(Photographic Materials Session) Technical Characterization of the Diane Arbus Archive

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This talk will provide an update of research on the Diane Arbus Archive, acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in December 2007. Primary objectives of this project include an overview survey, identification of treatment needs, characterization of photographic papers used by Diane Arbus, and further investigation into Arbus’ use of stabilization processing. Working closely with colleagues in other institutions on characterization techniques, we hope to create a resource for a deeper technical understanding of the work by this important American artist. Existing written documentation by the artist, oral history and research into the technical literature will be combined with physical evidence, paper fiber sampling and analysis, micro-raking surface mapping, macro RTI, XRF analysis of image and baryta layers, to shape a thorough history of the artist’s oeuvre from a technical viewpoint. The entirety of this artist’s archive offers an unparalleled opportunity to create a thorough technical resource of great importance to the history and preservation of the Archive a well as to photographers, collectors, conservators, and photography dealers internationally. This project will serve as a model for other institutions with photographer’s archives in need of characterization and preservation.


Janka Krizanova

Research Scholar in Photograph Conservation, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Janka Križanova is the current Research Scholar in Photograph Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to this fellowship she taught photograph conservation and the recreation of historic photographic processes in the Conservation Department of the Academy of Fine Arts... Read More →

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Nora W. Kennedy

Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge, Photograph Conservation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph Conservation
Nora Kennedy is the Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of Photograph Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. During her tenure at the Met she has worked on over 100 photograph exhibitions and continues to expand the Museum's initiatives in education and... Read More →

Saturday May 31, 2014 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom C