Resurrecting Minoru Yoshida: Preserving and Presenting Archival Performance Art Documentation
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Asia Art Archive in America
Video Documentation by Asia Art Archive in America
A presentation by Takako Tanabe, owner of Ulterior Gallery, and Ben Moskowitz, moving image preservationist, on the history and work of Japanese artist Minoru Yoshida (1935–2010) and the project they’ve undertaken, along with the artist’s family, to preserve a series of videos documenting Yoshida’s 1976 performances in New York. Their talk focuses on the challenges of conserving time-based media artworks, not only technically but logistically, and the urgent need to commit to preserving material of this nature for the future.
Takako Tanabe is the owner/director of Ulterior Gallery on Lower East Side, exhibiting and representing a group of artists with various cultural backgrounds. Before opening her own gallery, she worked for Fergus McCaffrey Gallery, New York, NY; the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX; and Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, TX. Combining all the experiences from the past, Tanabe operates her gallery with the fullest degree of joy and care.
Ben Moskowitz is a moving image preservationist. He is the Media Preservation Lab Supervisor at New York University’s Bobst Library where he works to preserve, protect, and thereby extend the usable life of the NYU Libraries’ special collections. When he isn’t digitizing long-lost footage for others, he is an amateur storyteller with five Moth StorySlam and a GrandSlam victory under his belt.
Image caption: Minoru Yoshida, 1976. Courtesy of Ulterior Gallery.