Conserving and Exhibiting the Works of Nam June Paik

Washington, DC

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This all-day symposium examines the conservation and restoration of works by Nam June Paik. Talks will focus on the exhibition, “Nam June Paik: Global Visionary.” Presenters will discuss their experiences with conserving and exhibiting Paik’s works in a series of lectures and panel discussions. Specific artworks will be addressed in relation to broader issues of time-based media art conservation.

 This program is partially supported by the Smithsonian Institution’s Consortia for Understanding the American Experience and the Consortia for World Cultures

Conserving and Exhibiting the Works of Nam June Paik

DonaldW. ReynoldsCenterforAmerican ArtandPortraiture|Smithsonian American ArtMuseum

Nan TuckerMcEvoyAuditorium|8thandGStreetNW,Washington, DC | June 26, 2013




Tiarna, Doherty, Chief of Conservation, Lunder Conservation Center,
Smithsonian American Art Museum


9:15 – 10:00

John G. Hanhardt, Senior Curator for Media Arts, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Permanence and Change: The Art & Ideas of Nam June Paik

10:00 – 10:30
Jon Huffman, Curator, Nam June Paik Estate

John G. Hanhardt
, Senior Curator for Media Arts, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Explorations in Paik's Exhibition Practices and Post Paik Interpretations

10:30 – 11:00   

BREAK for coffee

11:00 – 11:30
Michael Mansfield
, Associate Curator of Film and Media Arts, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Hugh Shockey
, Objects Conservator, Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Collaboration between Curator and Conservator in Preparing and Presenting the Nam June Paik Exhibition

11:30 – 12:00
Lori Zippay
, Executive Director, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)From Analogue Assemblages to Digital Experiments: Conserving and Exhibiting the Single-Channel, Moving-Image Works of Nam June Paik

12:00 – 12:30
Panel discussion with morning speakers

12:30 – 1:30


Christopher Wayner
, Program Coordinator, Lunder Conservation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum

1:30 – 2:00
John Hirx
, Chief Objects Conservator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Resurrection of Nam June Paik’s Flag Z and the Conservation of the Paik Video Wall

2:00 – 2:30
Richard Bloes, Senior Technician, Whitney Museum of American Art with
Reinhard Bek
& Christine Frohnert, Consulting Media Conservators,
Whitney Museum of American Art 
Preserving the CRT: Paik’s Magnet TV and Vyramid

2:30 – 3:00
Joanna Phillips,
Associate Conservator of Contemporary Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Negotiating the Original: The Conservation of Analog Media Art

3:00 – 3:30
Ann Goodyear,
Co-Director, Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Initiatives in the Preservation of Time Based Media Art

3:30 – 4:00
Panel discussion with afternoon speakers

Self-Guided Tour of Nam June Paik: Global Visionary