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ATC Revisited: Andy & Deborah Rappaport

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If you missed our recent Arts, Technology and Culture colloquium with Andy and Deborah Rappaport – the video is now live!

Their conversation, titled “Designing Spaces for New Media Art” and held at BAMPFA, highlighted their deep commitment to increasing art’s accessibility. Questions raised throughout the program centered around how they’ve built a new media infrastructure to house their collection, which all began with Christian Marclay’s “Guitar Drag” (2000).

Watch the video on the BCNM archive here.

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On Monday, March 20th, Andy and Deborah Rappaport, founders of the Minnesota Street Project, which houses affordable spaces for artists and non-profits, shared the pleasures and challenges of collecting art objects in this digital age.

Their conversation, titled “Designing Spaces for New Media Art” and held at BAMPFA, highlighted their deep commitment to increasing art’s accessibility. Questions raised throughout the program centered around how they’ve built a new media infrastructure to house their collection, which all began with Christian Marclay’s “Guitar Drag” (2000).

Conserving their media art hasn’t been easy, they shared. Complications arise when particular monitors become obsolete (“No piece of technology lasts forever,” Deborah said), installation instructions are made for art museums instead of homes, and the works themselves incorporate different mediums of ranging complexity for display.

Andy, who began his career as an electrical career and then a venture capitalist, described their current status as art collectors as “something for which there’s no name and no cure yet.”

Check out the photos and highlights below!

2017 ATC Andrew & Deborah Rappaport

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Andy and Deborah Rappaport founded the Minnesota Street Project in 2014 to provide sustainably below-market rents and other needed services to artists, gallerists, and other professionals in San Francisco arts community. The Minnesota Street Project now comprises more than 100,000 square feet of gallery and studio space, as well as an innovative Art Storage and Services business that embodies lessons from the Rappaports’ own experiences as collectors. Andy and Deborah have been collecting contemporary art for nearly 40 years; for the past 20 years, their collection has centered principally on works that make some social or political statement and/or explore how artists can use new technology to enhance and extend their means of expression. Andy started his career as an electrical engineer and ended it with 20 years in venture capital; Deborah has created and been integral to the leadership and governance of numerous local and national political and cultural non-profits.

Berkeley’s Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium is an internationally recognized forum for presenting new ideas that challenge conventional wisdom about art, technology, and culture. This series, free of charge and open to the public, presents artists, writers, curators, and scholars who consider contemporary issues at the intersection of aesthetic expression, emerging technologies, and cultural history, from a critical perspective.

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