Price, Elizabeth [Artist] (2016) A RESTORATION. .


A RESTORATION is an 18 minute, synched 2 channel HD, digital projection. it is created specifically for exhibition presentation, and the artwork includes all aspects of the audio-visual installation, the architectural/interior design of the viewing environment and furniture. The work features the photographic and archival collections of the Pitt Rivers and Ashmolean Museum collections, with particular attention given to the museums’ own history of image creation - images that the museums have made, commissioned or retained, that were generated in the course of excavating, acquiring, conserving and displaying artefacts and artworks. The first part if the work is particularly dedicated to Arthur Evans own record of his excavation at Knossos, notorious for its permissive re-imagining of that ancient culture. Drawings commissioned by Evans, as well as photographs taken, collaged and annotated by him are featured. The second half of the work considers a single object, common to Evan’s own archive as well as all of the internal departments of both museums, respectively museums of art/archeology and anthropology. Every department of these museums holds a drinking vessel, and within the video, every drinking vessel in the possession of both collections is presented, via its documentation. During the course of this, a comprehensive survey of technical and stylistic processes of photographic documentation is encompassed. The video uses a fictional conceit, of a chorus of museum administrators, who move through the digital repository of the Museum’s collection, narrating its content. They start from the Evan’s archive and move on to consider other sections of the museum. In so doing, they compose an institutional critique of the Museum, reflecting in particular upon themes of conservation and restoration in order to consider many different kinds of damage to the integrity of artefacts.

Item Type: Exhibition
Locations and Dates of Event:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, U.K.4 February 201610 April 2016
Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia1 October 201610 December 2016
Restoring the Minoans : Elizabeth Price and Sir Arthur Evans, The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, New York, U.S.5 October 20177 January 2018
Chicago Institute of Art, Chicago, U.S.5 December 201714 January 2018
Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand28 April 201824 June 2018
Additional Information: A RESTORATION was a commissioned for the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museum Collections by the Contemporary Art Society, through its Annual Award for Museums Prize. Price and the museums were awarded the prize in 2014, and the resulting artwork was exhibited at the Ashmolean in 2016. At that time an essay was commissioned by the Ashmolean and the Contemporary Art Society about the work, by Marina Warner. In 2015 the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World of New York University developed a new exhibition around the artwork for its public galleries, called ‘Restoring the Minoans - Elizabeth Price and Sir Arthur Evans’. This included a new presentation of the moving image installation by Price, along with a newly curated selection of historic artefacts relating to Arthur Evans excavation, drawn from international museums and private collections. The particular focus of the exhibition was upon a series of forged ‘ancient’ artefacts that were one unintended result of Evan’s restoration. These fakes confirmed Evan’s theories at the time and profoundly influenced scholarship over many years, until their authenticity was contested. The exhibition uses the artefacts to understand the cultural context of Evan’s and the excavation itself. It was curated by Jennifer T Chi of ISAW, NYU in collaboration with Price and Kenneth Lapatin of the Getty Institute. A publication was produced in conjunction with the exhibition featuring an essay by Lapatin, contributions from Rachel Herschmann and Jennifer Y Chi of ISAW, and an interview with Elizabeth Price. The work has also been exhibited at Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield, Australia; The Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington and at the Chicago Institute of Art. The artwork is now held in the collections of the Ashmolean, The Chicago Institute of art and the Krupp Foundation.
Research Area: Anthropology
Art and design
Communication, cultural and media studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017)
Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017) > Contemporary Art Research Centre
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Depositing User: Emily O'connor
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2017 15:02
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2018 07:39
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/37280

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