Holding Up What's Falling Down: Ephemeral Materials and Contemporary Art

Related Exhibition Not New Work

Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 12:00 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

In Not New Work: Vincent Fecteau Selects from the Collection, an artist has mined SFMOMA's collection for artworks rarely — and, in some cases, never before — seen by the public. The show has given the museum's conservators the opportunity to study works long stored away, and also the challenge to maintain pieces that are breaking down. Starting with a large-scale latex painting by Robert Overby, Barger discusses the complicated task of conserving artworks, particularly those whose very materials were not built to last.


Michelle Barger, deputy head of conservation, SFMOMA

Image: Robert Overby, Hall painting, first floor, 1971; Collection SFMOMA, gift of Mandy and Clifford J. Einstein; © Estate of Robert Overby; Photo courtesy of SFMOMA/James Goldthorpe