Not for Sale: Curating, Conserving and Collecting Ephemeral Art

A Panel Discussion Moderated by Art Historian and Critic RoseLee Goldberg


April 19, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Reception to follow.


Einstein Auditorium, New York University

34 Stuyvesant Street, NYC
Between 3 rd and 2 nd Aves at 9 th Street


contact: Jessica Sucher

Program Coordinator, PERFORMA



Not for Sale panel discussion @ NYU

Curators and Artists To Discuss Their Visionary Approaches to Ephemeral Art


With panelists:

Chrissie Iles , Curator of Film and Video, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Joan Jonas, video, performance, installation artist.

Robert Storr , Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Curator , Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (video interview)


In conjunction with the New York University Department of Art and Art Professions, PERFORMA presents Not for Sale , an evening of presentations and discussions on the exhibition, conservation, and collection of ephemeral artwork.


Performance, video, site-specific installations, and a broad range of new media raise critical questions about the conservation and collection of ephemeral artwork. How does the new museum of the 21st century preserve such works? How can the radical propositions that often motivated these artists be represented in a museum context? A distinguished panel of museum curators will describe their visionary approaches to harnessing the energy of these seemingly immaterial materials. Not for Sale is the first in a series of dynamic symposia that will address aspects of performance-related visual art.



PERFORMA is a nonprofit interdisciplinary arts organization founded to support and present international performance work in the visual arts. PERFORMA is dedicated to illuminating the history of performance by artists, to exploring its critical role in history, and to encouraging new directions for the 21st century. PERFORMA's program is based on the conviction that live art is a vital form that reflects the political, artistic, and social issues of our times. PERFORMA is a sponsored project of The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).


RoseLee Goldberg , Founding Director and Curator, is an art historian, critic and curator who pioneered the study of performance art with her seminal book Performance Art from Futurism to the Present. A former curator at the Kitchen in New York, Ms. Goldberg, Associate Adj, Professor of Contemporary Art, has taught at New York University since 1987.


New York University, Steinhardt School of Education, Department of Art and Art Professions

The Department of Art and Art Professions brings students, practicing artists, educators, and art professionals together in a richly interactive, multidisciplinary community that fosters imaginative art-making, intellectual exchange, and career preparation.


For further information, please contact Jessica Sucher, Program Coordinator, PERFORMA or 212. 533. 5720.




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