This research is based on an ethnographic study conducted at MoMA's conservation lab between 2010 and 2012.

The main aim of this project is to develop an ecological approach to the genealogy and reproduction of different cultural forms and categories. Building on the concept of ‘material ecologies’, my aim has been to explore the highly particular set of material, spatial and environmental conditions that contemporary art museums need to develop to prevent the physical degradation of artworks to sustain them as timeless and meaningful ‘art objects'.

In this project, I explore how these material ecologies have defined the ways of producing, stabilizing and representing artworks as unique and self-contained ‘objects’, and how, in so doing, they have been instrumental to define and sustain the specific forms of value, meaning and property that characterize contemporary Western art systems.

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(In preparation), Domínguez Rubio, F. MoMA and the Relentlessness of Things.

(2014) Domínguez Rubio, F. "Preserving the Unpreservable: Docile and Unruly Objects at MoMA" Theory and Society Download Here

(2013) Dominguez Rubio, F. & Silva, E. "Materials in the field: object-trajectories and object-positions in the field of contemporary art". In Cultural Sociology. Vol. 7 (2), pp. 161-178 Download Pre-Print Here

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Fernando Domínguez Rubio

Deptartment of Communication, UC San Diego

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