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February 7 - The Archive – 12pm

Glenn Wharton (NYU, Museum Studies)
Dennis McNulty (artist, Ireland)

Required Reading:

Wharton, Glenn. "The Challenge of Installation Art." (with Harvey Molotch). In (A. Bracker & A. Richmond eds.) Conservation: Principles, Dilemmas, and Uncomfortable Truths. London: Elvsevier. 2009. 210-222.

Dunne, Aidan. “A study of nature and the limitations of control” The Irish Times Thursday, October 28, 2010

Supporting Reading:

Wharton, Glenn. "The Challenges of Conserving Contemporary Art." In Altshuler, B. (ed.), Collecting the New: Museums and Contemporary Art. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 2005. 163-178.

Collaborations in Conserving Time-Based Art - A Summary of Discussion Group Sessions May 2010 Smithsonian Institute. Office of Policy and Analysis Washington, DC 1-24.

Okwui Enwezor, "Archive Fever: Photography Between History and the Monument," in Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art, exh. cat. (New York: Steidl/ICP, 2008).

Foster, Hal. Archives of Modern Art October, Vol. 99 (Winter, 2002), pp. 81-95 Published by: The MIT Press Stable URL: .

Foster, Hal. “The Archival Impulse.” OCTOBER 110, Fall 2004, pp. 3–22.

Burgin, Victor. ‘Situational Aesthetics’ (1969).

Yee, Susan. ‘The Archive’ in Sherry Turkle (ed.) Evocative Objects, MIT Press (Cambridge: 2007).

February 28 - The Ephemera(l) – 12pm

Tommy De Frantz (MIT, Theatre Arts & Dance)           
Julie Strandberg (Brown, American Dance Legacy Institute)

Required Reading:

De Frantz, Thomas. “Performing the Breaks.” Theatre Journal. 31-37.

Supporting Reading:

Hunter, Victoria. “Embodying the Site: the Here and Now in Site-Specific            Dance Performance.” ntq 21:4 (2005) 367-381.

Rivera-Servera, Ramón H. Embodied Archives: Dance, Memory, and the Performance of Latinidad. 1-13

Kershaw, Baz. Performance as Research: Live Events and Documentaries. The Cambridge Companion to Performance Studies. Tracy Davis Ed. Cambridge University Press, 2008

Munoz, Jose Estevez. “Ephemera as Evidence.” Women and Performance. 8.2 (1996): 5-16.

Cvetkovich, Ann. “Drawing the Archive in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home” WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly, Volume 36, Numbers 1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2008, pp. 111-128

Kourlas, Gia. Museum Shows Leap Beyond The Frame. New York Times. Published: December 24, 2010

March 7 - The archive as representation – 12pm

Jennifer Blessing (Guggenheim Museum)
Patricia Ybarra (Brown, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies)

Required Reading:

Rosler, Martha “in, around, and afterthoughts (on documentary photography),” The Contest of Meaning: Critical Histories of Photography (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 1989).

Ybarra, Patricia. “Mexican Theatre History and its Discontents.” MLQ. March 2009. 133-149.

Supporting Reading:

Enwezor, Okwui "Archive Fever: Photography Between History and the Monument," in Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art, exh. cat. (New York: Steidl/ICP, 2008).

Crimp, Douglas "The Museum's Old/The Library's New Subject," repr. in Richard Bolton, ed., The Contest of Meaning: Critical Histories of Photography (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 1989).

George, Baker. “Photography between Narrative and Stasis.” October, 76 (1996)72-113.

Buckley, Liam. “Objects of Love and Decay: Colonial Photographs in a Postcolonial Archive”

Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, “Warburg’s Paragon? The End of Collage and Photomontage in Postwar Europe,” in Deep Storage: Collecting, Storing, and Archiving in Art (Munich; New York: Prestel, 1998).

Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, "Gerhard Richter's 'Atlas': The Anomic Archive, October, vol. 88 (Spring 1999).

Baker, George "Lateness and Longing," in 50 Moons of Saturn: T2 Torino Triennale, ed. Daniel Birnbaum (Milan: Skira, 2008).

Sekula, Allan. "Reading an Archive: Photography Between Labour and Capital," in Holland, Spence & Watney (eds), Photography/Politics Two (Comedia, 1986); and "The Body and the Archive," October 39 (1986): 3-64. (Me, Stein, Bravo)

Taylor, Kate. “The Thorny Path to a Black National Museum.” New York Times Published: January 22, 2011

March 21 -  The Archive and Time – 1:30PM

Andrew Cochrane (Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UK)
Chitra Ganesh (artist, NY)
Mary Ann Doane (Brown, Modern Culture & Media)

Required Reading:

Anable, A., Dove-Viebahn, A. and Miller, A. 2008. The Future of the Archive / The Archive of the Future. Invisible Culture 12. Available at: Accessed 3 October 2008.

Friedman, E. R. 2008. The virtual archive and the missing trace: Charlotte Salomon on CD ROM. Invisible Culture 12. Available at:            Accessed 7 November 2008.

Doane, Mary Ann. ‘The Representability of Time.’ Chapter 1 of “The Emergence of Cinematic Time.” Harvard University Press 2002. 1-32.

Supporting Reading:

Apfelbaum, Sue. Ephemeral Art’s Lasting Impression: An Interview  with Marc and Sara Schiller. AIGA. 17 April 2007.

Leventhal, Anna. Imperfect Bound Zines, Materiality, and the Question of Preserving Ephemera Presented at CASBC (Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture)

Eichhorn, K. 2008. Archival Genres: Gathering Texts and Reading Spaces.

Stuart, J. A. 1999. Unweaving narrative fabric: Bruno Taut, Walter Benjamin, and Paul Scheerbart’s ‘The Gray Cloth’. Journal of Architectural Education 53 (2), 61-73.

April 4 – The ethics and affects of archiving the ephemeral – 12pm

John Schofield (University of York, UK)
Nick Ridout (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)
Rebecca Schneider (Brown, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies)

Required Reading

 “Heritage and Beyond.” Council of Europe. Selections.

Bernstein, Robin. “Dances with Things: Material Culture and the Performance of Race," Social Text, Volume 27, Number 4 101, Winter 2009 

“Contempt” dir. Godard.

Supporting Reading

Miss, Mary. On a Redefinition of Public Sculpture Perspecta, Vol. 21. (1984), pp. 52-69. Stable URL:

Sekula, Allan. “Photography Between Labor and Capital.” Photography Reader. Ed Liz Wells. 443-452.

April 7 – Artist Conversations – Evening Event

Chitra Ganesh
Corin Hewitt
Mariam Ghani
Moderated by Patricia Phillips (RISD)

April 18 – Ethics of Uncertainty & Oblivion – 12pm

Sheila Bonde (Brown, History of Art and Architecture / Archaeology)
Ian Russell (Brown, JNBC / JIAAW)

Required Reading:

Piccini, A. 2009, ‘Of fevered archives and the quest for total documentation', in L Allegue Fuschini, S Jones, B Kershaw and A Piccini (eds) Practice-as            Research: in Performance and Screen Media. London : Palgrave Macmillan.

Supporting Reading:

Price, Seth. “Dispersion”

Smithson, Robert. “A Tour of the Monuments of Passiac, New Jersey” 1967. 68-74.

Yee, Susan. ‘The Archive’ in Sherry Turkle (ed.) Evocative Objects, MIT Press (Cambridge: 2007).


A series of conversations and reading groups bringing students and faculty at Brown University together with artists, researchers and professionals from a wide range of international and interdisciplinary perspectives, Archiving the Ephemeral is a valuable discursive space for researchers and practitioners concerned and critically engaged with the authoritative agency of the archive in the arts and humanities. More information [here].

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