Glenn Wharton

Clinical Professor

Areas of Research/Interest

Conservation of cultural materials with specialization in contemporary art and archaeology, managing contemporary art museums, artist archives, social justice programming in museums.

External Affiliations

American Alliance of Museums (AAM)
American Institute for Conservation (AIC)
College Art Association (CAA)
Independent Media Arts Preservation (IMAP)
International Institute for Conservation (IIC)
International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (INCCA)
International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art -- North America (INCCA-NA)
Western Association for Art Conservation (WAAC)


College Art Association / Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation - 2014
Historic Hawai'i Foundation Preservation Media Award for The Painted King: Art, Activism & Authenticity in Hawai'i - 2012
Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology - 1999
Samuel H. Kress Conservation Publication Fellowship - 1998
California Preservation Foundation Design Award in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Historic Preservation - 1998

"Public Access in the Age of Documented Art." Revista de História da Arte. Lisbon: Universidade Nova de Lisboa. (in press)

"Conserving L'Idea del Cavaliere by Marino Marini at the San Diego Museum of Art. Boletim Seminário Interno de Conservação de Escultura Moderna [publicação eletrônica,]. São Paulo" MAC USP. (in press)

"Conserving Computer-Based Art at The Museum of Modern Art." Arte Contemporáneo en (sala De) Guardia. Buenos Aires: Fundación Telefónica. (in press)

"Reading Between the Lines: Source Code Documentation as a Conservation Strategy for Software-Based Art. (with Deena Engel). Studies in Conservation. London: International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. 2014. 58:1.

"Disrupted Circuits: Managing Nam June Paik Video Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art." In Nam June Paik Art Center Interviews, Seoul: Nam June Paik Art Center. 2013. 150-169.

The Painted King: Art, Activism, & Authenticity in Hawai'i. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. 2012.

"A Case of Digital Conservation Repositories." (with Barbra Mack). The Electronic Media Review. American Institute for Conservation. Vol. 1. 2011. 37-58.

"Sweetness and Blight: The Conservation of Chocolate Works of Art." (with Sharon Blank & Claire Dean). Proceedings from conference: From Marble to Chocolate: the Conservation of Modern Sculpture. Tate Gallery. London. 1995. Reprinted in C. Caple (ed.) Preventive Conservation in Museums. London and New York: Routledge. 2011. 456-468.

Inside Installations. (edited with Tatja Scholte). Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press. 2011.

"Research and Training in a Field Conservation Laboratory: Kaman-Kalehöyük." In Williams, E. & C. Peachey (Eds.) The Conservation of Archaeological Materials: Current Trends and Future Directions. Oxford: Archaeopress. 2010. 33-39.

"Collaboration and Community Involvement in Archaeological Conservation." In Williams, E. & C. Preachey (Eds.) The Conservation of Archaeological Materials: Current Trends and Future Directions. Oxford: Archaeopress. 2010. 201-204.

"The Challenge of Installation Art." (with Harvey Molotch). In (A. Bracker & A. Richmond eds.) Conservation: Principles, Dilemmas, and Uncomfortable Truths. London: Elvsevier. 2009. 210-222.

"Dynamics of Participatory Conservation: The Kamehameha Sculpture Project." Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. Vol. 47. 2008. 159-173.

"The Conservation of Contemporary Art." In Altshuler, B. (ed.) Collecting the New: Museums and Contemporary Art. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 2006. 164-178.

"Indigenous Claims and Heritage Conservation: An Opportunity for Critical Dialog." Journal of Public Archaeology. 4:2005. 199-204.

"Planning Physical and Conceptual Longevity in Public Art Commissions." Public Art Review. 32. Spring 2005. 36-37. 

"The Role of Conservation in the Design of Conceptual Monuments." In Monuments & the Millennium Proceedings of a joint conference organized by the Stone and Metal Sections of UKIC and English Heritage. 20-22 May 1998. English Heritage. London. 2001. 

Guide to the Maintenance of Outdoor Sculpture. (with Virginia Naudé). American Institute for Conservation, Washington D.C. 1992. 

"A Comparative Study of Silver Cleaning Abrasives." Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. Vol. 29, 1990. 13-32. 

"The Conservation of an Eighteenth Century Medallion Beaker by Johann Joseph Mildner." The Conservator. London: United Kingdom Institute for Conservation. 11:1987. 42-45. 

"Technical Examination of Renaissance Medals: The Use of Laue Back Reflection X-Ray Diffraction to Identify Electroformed Reproductions." Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. Vol. 23. 1984. 88-100.

Museum Conservation and Contemporary Culture (MSMS-GA 2222)
Topics in Museum Studies: The Challenge of Installation Art (MSMS-GA 3330)
Topics in Museum Studies: Museums and Community (MSMS-GA 3330)
Topics in Museum Studies: The Museum Life of Contemporary Art (MSMS-GA 3330)
Research Seminar (MSMS-GA 3991)
The Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art (Institute of Fine Arts)


Ph.D. 2005 (Conservation/Archaeology), Institute of Archaeology, University College London; M.A. 1981 (Art Conservation), SUNY; B.A. 1977 (Art History/Combined Social Sciences), University of California, Santa Barbara.