Amy Brost

Amy Brost is an art conservator living in Brooklyn. She is currently Assistant Media Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. In 2016, she earned an M.A. in the History of Art and Archaeology and an M.S. in Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works from the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Previously, she was Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Media Conservation at MoMA. She completed graduate internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, working with the variable media collection in the Department of Photographs, and in time-based media art conservation at MoMA and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Before entering the conservation field, she worked for 10 years in advertising and communications.

Talks

Presentations in the workshop Caring for Artists' Films. June 10-14, 2019. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and organized by MoMA.

  • “Digital preservation and storage overview.”
  • “Documenting artworks.”

Presentations in the workshop Getting Started: A Shared Responsibility, Caring for Time-Based Media Artworks in Collections. June 11-15, 2018. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and organized by MoMA.

  • “Physical storage for media art collections.” With Sarah Primm, Assistant Registrar, Collections, MoMA
  • “Documenting artworks.” With Martina Haidvogl, Associate Media Conservator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
  • “Sound in media installation art -- conceptual and technical concerns.” Demonstration, Seeing and Hearing.

"Sounds Challenging: Documenting the Identity and Iterations of Ragnar Kjartansson's The Visitors." May 31, 2018, 46th Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), Houston, Texas.

"Do you Hear What I Hear? Documenting Sound in Media Artworks." January 18, 2018, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

"Reconciling Authenticity and Re-Creation: An Art Conservation Perspective." November 17, 2017, in the symposium Over and Over and Over Again: Re-Enactment Strategies in Contemporary Arts and Theory, Berlin, Germany.

Do You Hear What I Hear? Documentation and Assessment of Aural Elements in Media Installation Art.” June 1, 2017, 45th Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), Chicago, Illinois.

Presentations in the workshop Getting Started: A Shared Responsibility, Caring for Time-Based Media Artworks in Collections. May 2-5, 2017. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and organized by MoMA.

  • “Physical storage for media art collections.” With Sarah Primm, Assistant Registrar, Collections, MoMA
  • “Preparing an artwork for installation.” With Peter Oleksik, Associate Conservator, MoMA and Martina Haidvogl, Associate Conservator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
  • “Sound in media installation art -- conceptual and technical concerns.” Demonstration, Seeing and Hearing.

From Certificates of Authenticity to Authentic Iterations in Media Art.” March 22, 2017, Spotlight series on research projects by students and recent graduates, joint talks by the Institute of Fine Arts and Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, New York University.

A Lucky Break: Treatment of a Kinetic Sculpture by Fletcher Benton.” Poster presentation. Joint 44th Annual AIC Meeting (CAC-ACCR's 42nd Annual Conference) in Montreal, Canada, 2016.

“Digital Media in Art: Meaning, Materiality, Digital Forensics Workflows, and Conservation.” April 20, 2015, Spotlight series on research projects by students and recent graduates, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; and April 13, 2015 at the ANAGPIC (Association of North American Graduate Programs in Conservation) Student Conference.

Publications

Brost, Amy. “Digital Media in Art: Meaning, Materiality, Digital Forensics Workflows, and Conservation.” ANAGPIC (Association of North American Graduate Programs in Conservation) Student Conference, 2015.

Murphy, Erin, Nora W. Kennedy, and Amy Brost. “Development and Use of the Photograph Information Record.” Topics in Photographic Preservation, Volume 15, 2013, 34-50.

Wang, Harvey. From Darkroom to Daylight. Edited by Amy Brost and Edmund Carson. Daylight Books, 2015.

First published work here.

Projects

Planning Committee, Archivematica Con, April 15-17, 2020, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn New York

Workshop Planning Committee, Media Conservation Initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and organized by the Museum of Modern Art, 2016-2021.

Writing/editing and launch teams (Phase 3: Sustaining Media Art), Matters in Media Art, online resource for the care of time-based media art, 2015-2016. Project was a finalist for a Digital Preservation Award in Teaching and Communications from the Digital Preservation Coalition (UK), 2016.

Liaison for Translations of the Photograph Information Record, Photographic Materials Research Group (PMRG) and American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), 2012-2016

Forensic disk imaging, Jeremy Blake archive in The Fales Library & Special Collections, Digital Library Technology Services department, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, New York University, independent study, fall semester 2014. Supervisor: Don Mennerich, Digital Archivist.

Variable media collection survey and inventory of display equipment, Department of Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, graduate summer internship, 2013. Supervisor: Nora Kennedy, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge, Sherman Fairchild Center for Works on Paper and Photographic Conservation

Professional Affiliations

Program Chair, Electronic Media Group (EMG), American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), 2019-2020

Assistant Program Chair, Electronic Media Group (EMG), American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), 2018-2019

Scholarship Committee, Electronic Media Group (EMG), American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), 2017-2019

Journal Migration Team, Electronic Media Review, Electronic Media Group (EMG), American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), 2017-2018

Mentor, ECPN-HBCU Mentorship Pilot Program, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), 2017-2018

Wiki editor/creator, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), 2013-2014

Communications Chair, Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN), American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), 2010-2012

Teaching

Co-instructor, "Digital Preservation: Caring for Digital Art Objects," October 11-13, 2019, Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Adjunct Instructor, "Handling Complex Media," Spring 2018 and 2019, Moving Image Archiving and Preservation, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Education

2016

MA, Art History and MS, Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, New York University, Institute of Fine Arts, Conservation Center

MA Thesis: From 'Certificates of Authenticity' to Authentic Iterations in Variable Media Art. Awarded Distinction.

2012

AS, Chemistry with Honors, New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, NY

1998

BS, Fine Art and BA, Art History, phi beta kappa, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Contact

Email: me@amybrost.media