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What does it mean to conserve performance art, to extend its lifespan into the future? Art historian and critic Claire Bishop will discuss these and related questions with the PCMK team.

This conversation between artist and archivist Cori Olinghouse and art historian Megan Metcalf examines embodied conservation skills, which are essential for the preservation of performance and related mediums yet remain mostly invisible and under-theorized in visual art.

This online event is the first event in a series of annual colloquia on the topic of the conservability of performance art and performance-based works. Conservators, scholars, curators, and artists contest the common-sense understanding of performance as a non-conservable form and ask questions concerning how, and to what extent, performance art and performance-based works can be conserved.

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