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Archives Week: “XFR STN” at the New Museum

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“Cross Talk: A Multicultural Feminist Symposium,” 1993 (still). VHS transferred to digital video. Courtesy New Museum, New York

The event is free to the general public. Space is limited. Please RSVP to xfr.stn@gmail.com

Over an eight-week period this summer, the New Museum presented XFR STN (Transfer Station), an exhibition and media archiving project that provided migration and digital preservation services to anyone with artist-originated material.

In conjunction with Archives Week, an annual event aimed at highlighting the diverse array of archival materials available in the Metropolitan New York City region, “XFR STN” Technicians Kristin MacDonough and Rebecca Fraimow have organized a screening of selected clips from video material that was digitized during the course of the exhibition, including material from the New Museum’s own archive. Colab members, artists Andrea Callard and Coleen Fitzgibbon, and New Museum Digital Archivist Tara Hart will also be on hand to discuss their experiences during the project. Discussions with presenters and the audience will aim to consider the roles and relationships of creators, archivists, and preservationists, the methodologies and lessons learned during the course of the project, and future steps for artists and institutions.

Coleen Fitzgibbon and Andrea Callard are both artists and filmmakers based in New York City. Between 1978 and 1980, as officers of Colab, they co-created a 501©(3) nonprofit organizational structure so the group could receive public funding, laying the groundwork for the first Colab live TV shows All Color News and Potato Wolf.

Kristin MacDonough and Rebecca Fraimow are graduates of NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program.

Tara Hart is Digital Archivist at the New Museum.

Sponsors

Generous endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

This program is made possible, in part, through the support of the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Education and public programs are made possible by a generous grant from Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David B. Heller & Hermine Riegerl Heller.

Special thanks to DuArt Restoration for generously providing technical assistance and equipment refurbishing.

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