Here’s an article from 2009 about the re-opening of the ancient site of Babylon together with Hussein’s 1985 reconstruction of the great palace that he built for himself. Be sure to watch and listen to the “Audio Slide Show.”
Remember, this was reported in 2009. What’s the news today?
How do we conserve new media art that is based on/created with a technology that is now obsolete? When the art no longer “works”? Do we allow it to disappear? Become corrupted? Update the software? Read what the Whitney Museum of American Art did with Douglas Davis’s “The World’s First Collaborative Sentence”.
This raises questions about art making, art curating, and skills museum curators need today.
What interesting questions!
Be sure to click on the above links to see more about this art.
In 1494, Pinturicchio completed a fresco of the Resurrection in the Borgia Apartments of the Vatican f0r his patron, Pope Alexander VI Borgia. The painting has recently been cleaned and scholars are debating the identity of the nearly nude dancing male figures in the distant background (visible immediately under the figure of the resurrected Christ).
This raises interesting questions. Is this an accurate representation of the men Columbus encountered? What did artists in Rome know about Columbus’s voyages, especially his first voyage of 1492? If Pinturicchio depicted indigenous people here, why? What might this say about views the Christian world held at this time?
At the top is Van Gogh’s painting, The Bedroom, from 1888 as we know it today and as it exists today. But the blue of the walls has faded over the years, and the red he mixed with blue has gone. The image below (with the lavender walls) shows Van Gogh’s painting digitally enhanced according to what conservators and art historians have learned about his painting techniques. Read more about this project here.