August 18, 2016

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Michael Richards, Winged, 1999. Bonded bronze and metal, 20 x 38 x 4 inches. Courtesy of The Michael Richards Estate. Photo: Etienne Frossard.

Are you an active member of the arts community, engaging in thought-provoking dialogues or collaborative projects around the production, presentation, and preservation of contemporary art? Are you looking for a platform that allows you to share your experiences with a broader audience and engage your peers across the globe in these crucial conversations? If so, consider contributing to the VoCA Blog!

The VoCA Blog is a dynamic and conversational weblog that features two new posts every month, each by different contributing writers. Our goal is to engage a wide variety of voices in dialogue around numerous timely subjects, including interviews with contemporary artists, coverage of recent conferences and seminars, individual research and conservation projects, responses to articles published in VoCA Journal, and relevant work being done by other related cultural organizations.

This summer, we have featured contributions from art collector Beau Ott, who discussed the recent “Keep it Moving? Conserving Kinetic Art” conference in Milan; independent curator Emma James, who considered the physical and conceptual implications of A Path of Safe Travel, an exhibition of 13 drawings by artist Sarah Oppenheimer that was on view at the Hessel Museum of Art in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY this past April; and PhD student Caitlin Spangler-Bickell, who reported on the “Collecting and Conserving Performance Art” conference held in Wolfsburg, Germany this June. We also are in the midst of an ongoing series of posts that focus on the many people who helped bring the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s summer exhibition, Michael Richards: Winged, to fruition, including a behind-the-scenes look from the show’s curators Melissa Levin and Alex Fialho, and recollections from fellow artist and friend William Cordova.

Entries are roughly 500–800 words, and include 2–3 photographs with captions and photo credits, where necessary. The tone is casual and turnaround is quick, and we emphasize the importance of including a range of perspectives, from conservators and curators to art handlers, fabricators, and gallery guards. We envision the final product as informative and accessible, of interest to everyone from graduate students to seasoned arts professionals and other members of the VoCA network.

If you are interested in adding your unique voice to those that make up the VoCA network, submit a proposal today!

For more information about VoCA and our various programs, or to subscribe to our newsletter, please visit our website, or reach out to our Program Manager, Margaret Graham, at [email protected].


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