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The New Art Gallery Walsall teamed up an artist and an archivist to interpret the largely unseen and uncatalogued Epstein Archive. The gallery appointed the internationally renowned Bob and Roberta Smith to work with Archive Curator Neil Lebeter to interpret the archive in new and innovative ways.
This presentation gave an overview of the project since it began in September 2009 and discussed this unique collaboration between artist and curator. The project sought to break down the intellectual barriers often associated with archives and to make them as accessible as possible. The presentation discussed this 2 year project and also the exhibition The Life of the Mind: Love, Sorrow and Obsession. This exhibition, inspired by the themes in the archive, was curated by Smith and ran from January 21st to March 20th 2011.