The term archive or museum collection has historically been defined as a range of physical artifacts. Today, through digitization, images have been separated from the confines of the artifact and repurposed in many ways. Like many institutions, ICP has been digitizing prints, negatives, and periodicals to give them new life and greater accessibility. We have also created new cultural contexts within which to view these images via online technology.

Organized by ICP, What Is an Archive? will examine what expectations scholars, curators, and online visitors bring to physical versus online archives and how their use differs. Participants will also discuss how archives are made public through museum exhibitions, catalogues, and web presentations, focusing on successes as well as failures. Other topics include integration strategies for institutions' virtual collections in the service of scholars and curators; novel and innovative examples of adapting existing archives to presentations in the gallery and internet-based space; and the role of metadata, cataloguing, and community tagging in increasing accessibility and community involvement with archives.

Introductory remarks by Lorie Novak, Department of Photograph & Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and ICP Executive Director Mark Robbins.

• Zeina Arida, Director, Arab Image Foundation, Beirut
• Ariel Efron, Designer/filmmaker, Local Projects, New York
• Jorge Ribalta, independent curator, Barcelona
• Jeff Rosenheim, Chief Curator, Department of Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
• Marvin Taylor, archivist, Fales Library & Special Collections, New York University
• Ben Vershbow, Manager, NYPL Labs, New York Public Library, New York
• Laura Wexler, Founder and Director, Photographic Memory Workshop, Yale University, New Haven

This event is free. Reserve advance tickets online.
Seating is general admission.


This event is made possible with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Presented in collaboration with the Department of Photography and Imaging, New York University/Tisch.


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