The Big Picture

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June 13 - 16, 2022
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY
Organizers: Lee Ann Daffner and Krista Lough

Large contemporary photographs are found in both public and private collections as artists continue to work at this scale, responding to innovations in the printing and the advertising industry. This workshop will focus on the unique challenges in the presentation, display, and collection care of these large-scale works, with the goal of providing a forum to share information on their care and preservation. Conservators, curators, and collections specialists will outline a range of preservation concerns; artists will share their creative experiences and perspectives creating these works. Market forces in the contemporary photography art world will be touched on. Participants will see first-hand the exhibition and storage, and hear conservation concerns for large works in an institutional setting.

Categories of oversize photographs will be discussed throughout the program, such as photographs that follow traditional framed and glazed presentation styles, including certain face-mounted works; photographs that are mounted and presented with a more minimal aesthetic without frames or glazing; and photographs with unconventional presentation styles, such as wallpapers, installations, light boxes, and those which lean against the wall, are secured with tapes, clips or magnets.

The workshop will cover topics including artistic practice, collection care and methods of display. Procedures and protocols surrounding the acquisition, exhibition, handling, shipping, and storage of large works will be considered. Presentations will also cover a range of conservation issues and damages related to (and often unique to) these vulnerable photographs.

The practical, hands-on sections of the workshop will focus on handling mounted and unsupported large materials, including rolling for storage. In addition, we will touch on surface cleaning and review mount materials. Participants will tour a printing and mounting studio that produces large-scale works and the museum’s off-site storage facility.

This workshop is geared toward conservation and collection care professionals responsible for the care of large-format photographs. Click on the "Apply to Participate" tab above to learn more. The registration fee is $699 for AIC members and $839 for non-members. The registration fee is due after applicants have been notified of their acceptance to the workshop. Scholarships are available to help support participation in this workshop (more information can be found in the "Apply to Participate" tab). FAIC and MoMA are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We hope to be able to move forward with the workshop in June and encourage you to apply to participate. The situation will be reevaluated prior to notifications being made to applicants. View our Help page for our cancellation policy.


Funding for this program comes from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fund for Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding comes from the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) Endowment for Professional Development, which was created by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is supported by donations from members of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and its friends. Workshops are made possible with the assistance of many AIC members, but no AIC membership dues were used to create or present this course.

FAIC relies on your contributions to support these and its many other programs. Learn more about donating to the foundation.

Interested individuals must complete an application. Each potential participant will be asked to describe their relationship with large format photographs and how they would use and share the knowledge gained from this workshop with others. Priority will go to conservation and collection care professionals who will be working with large format photographs immediately following this workshop (if not already). Geographic diversity will also be considered.

Applications are due February 10, 2022. Submit an application by clicking the "Apply" button below. Applications are submitted through our online application portal. When you enter the portal, you will be prompted to login to the system using a login ID and password. If you already have an account (this should be the case if you are an AIC member or have participated in an AIC or FAIC program), use the same login information you use to access that account. If you do not have an account in the system, you can quickly set one up before you begin your application. Notifications will be made by March 11, 2022. 

FAIC and MoMA are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We hope to be able to move forward with the workshops in June and encourage you to apply to participate. The situation will be reevaluated in March prior to the notifications being made to applicants.

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Scholarships are available to support participation in this program. Scholarship applications are due on February 15, 2022, and must be submitted separate from the workshop application. If you anticipate needing support to attend this workshop, please apply by the deadline even if you haven't yet been accepted to the workshop.

FAIC/NEH Individual Professional Development Scholarships support participants offer up to $1,500 to help defray costs associated with participation in this workshop for residents of the United States.

FAIC/Mellon Photograph Workshop Professional Development Scholarships offer up to $1,000, plus waiver of registration fees, to help defray costs associated with participation in this workshop for international attendees.

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Logistics
MoMA Gallery Map
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Schedule
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Speaker List
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Participant List
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Vaccination Card
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Workshop at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
06/13/2022 at 9:00 AM (EDT)   |  3 days, 7 hours, 30 minutes
06/13/2022 at 9:00 AM (EDT)   |  3 days, 7 hours, 30 minutes
Artist References
Lola Flash
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Mariah Robertson
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Richard Learoyd
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Tina Barney
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Vera Lutter
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Francesca Woodman
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Wolfgang Tillmans
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Acrylic Repair
The future of looking younger: A new face for PMMA
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Bibliography (Lagana and Freeman)
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Repairing transparency, recovering the image
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Materials for Filling Surface Damages
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Resin Recipes
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Cold Storage Panel
American National Standard for Imaging Materials- Photographic Processed Films, Plates, and Papers - Filing Enclosures and Storage Containers
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Cold Storage for Photograph Collections – An Overview
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IPI’s Guide to: Preservation of Digitally-Printed Images
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Large-Scale, Humidity-Controlled Cold Storage Facilities for the Permanent Preservation of B&W and Color Films, Prints, and Motion Pictures
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IPI Storage Guide for Acetate Film
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IPI Storage Guide for Color Photographic Materials
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Cold Storage of Photographs at the City of Vancouver Archives
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The Design and Operation of a Passive Humidity-Controlled Cold Storage Vault Using Convenstional Freezer Technology and Moisture-Sealed Cabinets
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NPS Cold Storage
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Select the "View On-Demand Recording" button to begin.
Dupes-Exhibition Copies
The future is not what it used to be: Changing views on contemporary color photography
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The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
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Conservation of photographic artwork by John Baldessari: Two strategies – reproduction and framing
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Reprint and destroy? Wolfgang Tillmans’ artistic practice: The reprinting and intentional destruction of large-format inkjet prints
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Materials, Technology, Reproductions and Defining the Vintage Print
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Step into Liquid
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New Originals: Reprints in Fine Art Photography
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Production as a Conservation Tool for Fine Art Contemporary Photography
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SFMOMA Policy on Producing Replacement Prints of Color Photographs in the Collection by Living Artists
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SFMOMA Process on Producing Replacement Prints of Color Photographs in the Collection by Living Artists
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Open to download resource. Confidential - do not distribute
Hand-Rolling / Vacuum Rolling
Supplies / Suppliers for The Met’s Cold Storage Packaging
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Mounting
Crowdsourcing a Consensus on Tyvek® “Ghosting”
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AN INVESTIGATION OF COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE DRY MOUNT TISSUES
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Assessing the Suitability of Unplasticized Poly(Vinyl Chloride) for Museum Showcase Construction
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MOUNTING SUBSTRATES FOR CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHS
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REVERSIBLE MOUNTING TECHNIQUES FOR THE DISPLAY OF LARGE-FORMAT CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHS
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Conservation Case Studies
Big Pictures Going Up (and Up Again) at MoMA (Gallun)
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Preservation and Conservation of the Big Picture at MoMA: An Overview (Daffner)
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Case Study: Francesca Woodman "Temple Project" (Kennedy)
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Case Study: Tape Installation: Starting With "My Birth" (Lough)
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Open to view video.
Case Study: Photography Conservation in the Private Sector (Mustardo)
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Open to view video.
Case Study: Flattening Barbara Probst's Polyptych Mounted to Sintra (Lewis)
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Open to view video.
Case Study: Exhibiting Marcia Resnick's "Man in Mexico": Preparing an Oversize Photo Linen Artwork (Phoenix)
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Open to view video.
La conservation des photographies au Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Le cas des grands formats
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