CAN! Reading Group

About the Group

We are pleased to host a reading group through the Contemporary Art Network (CAN!). The group meets on Zoom in 1-hour sessions to discuss select recent contributions to contemporary art conservation theory, and to critically assess these readings in a relaxed and informal manner. This is intended to be an open space where we can grapple with our perspectives on some of the more nuanced and complex aspects of the field and our practice. Everyone is welcome!

All of these articles are open access but please feel free to reach out if you have difficulty finding them in advance of the sessions. We look forward to seeing you!

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The group is organized and led by: 

Upcoming Reading Groups

We plan to announce the next group soon!

Past Reading Groups

Thursday, December 9, 2021 4pm EST / 3pm CT / 1pm PST / 8pm GMT

Sanneke Stigter (2016) Autoethnography as a new approach in conservation, Studies in Conservation, 61:sup2, 227-232, DOI: 10.1080/00393630.2016.1183104

Thursday, January 20, 2022 4pm EST

Rosario Llamas-Pacheco (2020) Some Theory for the Conservation of Contemporary Art, Studies in Conservation, 65:8, 487-498, DOI: 10.1080/00393630.2020.1733790

Thursday, February 17, 2022 4pm EST
Hanna Hölling (2017): The technique of conservation: on realms of theory and cultures of practice, Journal of the Institute of Conservation, DOI: 10.1080/19455224.2017.1322114

November 17, 2022, at 4pm EST / 3pm CT / 1pm PST / 9pm GMT

Domínguez Rubio, F. (2014). "Preserving the unpreservable: Docile and unruly objects at MoMA." Theory and Society43(6), 617–645. Article can be accessed here:

Thursday, April 13 at 4:00 p.m. ET.
Zoë Miller, "Practitioner (in)Visibility in the Conservation of Contemporary Art." Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 60, no. 2-3 (2021): 197–209.