Legal Limitations and Technological Triumphs: Tales from a Contractually Bound, Single-Artist Museum
Friday, November 16, 2018 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM
Venue: The Curtis Hotel
Room: Hopscotch (3rd floor)
The history of the Clyfford Still Museum is brief but storied. The institution’s namesake, abstract expressionist painter Clyfford Still, believed no artist’s work should be exhibited alongside work by other artists. So strongly did Still hold this belief that in his will he donated his entire collection to an American city—95% of his life’s work—under the conditions that the works never be sold, and that no other artist’s work could be exhibited in the museum’s galleries.

But as often happens, the savviest of solutions follow the strictest of limitations. Through the use of technology—digital publishing, online collections, and augmented reality—the museum is traveling Still’s reputation as an American master and restoring Still’s name in the art historical canon. Hear about the quandaries and remedies of this small, but digitally mighty museum from lawyer and CSM Deputy Director Joan Prusse and CSM Digital Media Director Sarah Wambold.

Type of Session
30-Minute Presentation or Case Study
Session Leader : Sarah Wambold, Director of Digital Media, Clyfford Still Museum
Co-Presenter : Joan Prusse, Deputy Director, Clyfford Still Museum