16 | Chain Links - the importance of archives

16 | Chain Links - the importance of archives

Today I’m joined by Farrah to discuss an underappreciated facet of the museum world – archives. We talk about the misconception of the job, why it’s important for artist records, and how community participation is important for a well-rounded record. Join us as we follow these links down a Nicolas Cage-inspired adventure. 

Edit (6/6) - Farrah wanted me to address the first story we talked about. In the episode, she tells me about the New York Public Library and how they got rid of all their original documents in the 1980s. To clarify, this was a common practice at the time. It was not unusual (or negligent) for the people at NYPL to only keep the microfilm. It's only with hindsight that we look back and realize that the original documents should be preserved. It just shows that museum practices and the concept of records are constantly evolving.


Beuys Documentary 

Daniel Larkin - A New Documentary Reveals the Living, Breathing Joseph Beuys - Hyperallergic


Links / articles mentioned

Museum Archives Guidelines - Society of American Archivists 

National Archives Museum - an example of an entire museum devoted to archives! 

New York Public Library Artist Files 

Archives of American Art - Smithsonian 

Clyfford Still Museum Archives

17 | Art Heists - please don't burn the art

17 | Art Heists - please don't burn the art

15 | The Power of Text - when artists get literal

15 | The Power of Text - when artists get literal