Glenn Wharton

Lore and Gerald Cunard Chair, UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage and Professor of Art History and Conservation of Material Culture

Office: Fowler A410
Phone: (310) 794-4855


Ph.D. in Conservation, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 2005
M.A. in Conservation, Cooperstown Graduate Programs, State University College at Oneonta, 1981

Areas of Interest

Archaeological Conservation; Illicit trade; Cultural heritage management, Contemporary Art Conservation with specialization in time-based media; Artist archives; Addressing social justice, inclusion, and climate change in conservation.

Selected Publications


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

Scholte, Tatja and Glenn Wharton (eds.) 2011. Inside Installations: Theory and Practice in the Care of Complex Artworks. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press

Naudé, Virginia and Glenn Wharton. 1992. Guide to the Maintenance of Outdoor Sculpture. American Institute for Conservation, Washington D.C.

Ph.D. Dissertation:

Wharton, Glenn. 2004.  Heritage Conservation as Cultural Work: Public Negotiation of a Pacific Hero. PhD dissertation. Institute of Archaeology, University College London

Selected Articles & Book Chapters:

Van Saaze, Vivian, Glenn Wharton, & Leah Reisman. July 2018. “Adaptive Institutional Change: Managing Digital Works at the Museum of Modern Art.” Museums & Society. 16:2. 220-239

Wharton, Glenn & Deena Engel. 2018. “Museum/University Collaboration in Media Conservation Research.” The Electronic Media Review. Washington D.C.: American Institute for Conservation. 3. 2013-2014.

Wharton, Glenn. 2018. “Bespoke Ethics and Moral Casuistry in the Conservation of Contemporary Art.” Journal of the Institute of Conservation. Jouirnal of the Institute of Conservation. 41:1. 58-70

Engel, Deena & Glenn Wharton. Fall 2017. “Managing Contemporary Art Documentation in Museums and Special Collections.” Art Documentation Journal. 36:2. 293-311

Pacific Studies. December 2016. Book Review Forum featuring Wharton, Glenn. The Painted King: Art, Activism, and Authenticity in Hawai’i. Reviews by Stacy L. Kamehiro, University of California, Santa Cruz; Aaron Glass, Bard Graduate Center; Karen Stevenson, University of Canterbury; Author Response by Glenn Wharton. 39:3. 375-417

Wharton, Glenn & Harvey Molotch. 2016. “The Challenge of Installation Art.” Reprinted for Symposium: “Fixing What Isn’t Broken: What is Reconstruction in Contemporary Art?” Riga: Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art

Wharton, Glenn.  2016. “Artist Intentions and the Conservation of Contemporary Art.” Objects Specialty Group Postprints, Volume Twenty-Two. Washington D.C.: American Institute for Conservation.

Wharton, Glenn, Deena Engel, & Marvin J. Taylor. 2016. “The Artist Archives Project – David Wojnarowicz.” Studies in Conservation. London: International Institute for Conservation. Vol. 61. S2-241-247

Wharton, Glenn. 2016. “Reconfiguring Contemporary Art in the Museum.” In Erma Hermens (ed.) Authenticity in Transition: Changing Practices in Art Making and Conservation. London: Archetype Publications. 27-36

Wharton, Glenn. 2016. “Conserving Computer-Based Art at The Museum of Modern Art.” Arte Contemporáneo en (sala de) Guardia. Buenos Aires: Fundación Telefónica.

Wharton, Glenn. 2015. “Public Access in the Age of Documented Art.” Revista de História da Arte – Série W. Lisbon: Instituto de História da Arte. 180-191.

Wharton, Glenn & Deena Engel. 2015. Source Code Analysis as Technical Art History. Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. 54:2. 91-101

Molotch, Harvey & Glenn Wharton. 2014. “An Art of Social Studies.” In Kataoka Mami (ed.) Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation. Tokyo: Mori Art Museum. 121-128

Wharton, Glenn. September 2014. “Conserving L’Idea del Cavaliere by Marino Marini at the San Diego Museum of Art.” Boletim Seminário Interno de Conservação de Escultura Moderna. El Museo de Arte Contemporáneo en la Universidad de São Paulo.

Engel, Deena & Glenn Wharton. 2014. “Reading Between the Lines: Source Code Documentation as a Conservation Strategy for Software-Based Art.” Studies in Conservation. London: International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. 59:6. 404-415

Wharton, Glenn. 2013. “Disrupted Circuits: Managing a Nam June Paik Video Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art.” In Nam June Paik Art Center Interviews. Seoul: Nam Jun Paik Art Center. 150-169

Nam June Paik Center Interviews: Hanna Hölling, Bernhard Serexhe, & Glenn Wharton. Soul: Nam June Paik Art Center. 2013

Mack, Barbara & Glenn Wharton. 2011. “A Case for Digital Conservation Repositories.” The Electronic Media Review. American Institute for Conservation.  Vol. 1.  37-58

Wharton, Glenn, Sharon Blank, & Claire Dean. 2011. “Sweetness and Blight:  The Conservation of Chocolate Works of Art.” in C. Caple (ed.) Preventive Conservation in Museums. 1995. Reprint. From Marble to Chocolate: the Conservation of Modern Sculpture. London: Tate Gallery. London and New York: Routledge. 456-468

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

Wharton, Glenn. 2010. “Collaboration and Community Involvement in Archaeological Conservation.” In E. Williams & C. Peachey (eds.) The Conservation of Archaeological Materials: Current Trends and Future Directions. Oxford: Archaeopress. 201-204.

Wharton, Glenn & Harvey Molotch. 2010. “The Challenge of Installation Art.” In A. Bracker & A. Richmond (eds.) Conservation: Principles, Dilemmas, and Uncomfortable Truths. London: Elsevier. 210-222

Wharton, Glenn. 2008. “Dynamics of Participatory Conservation: The Kamehameha Sculpture Project.” Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. Vol. 47. 159-173.

Wharton, Glenn. 2006. “The Challenges of Conserving Contemporary Art.” In B. Altshuler (ed.) Collecting the New: Museums and Contemporary Art. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 164-178

Wharton, Glenn. 2005. “Indigenous Claims and Heritage Conservation: An Opportunity for Critical Dialog. Journal of Public Archaeology.  Vol. 4. 199-204

Wharton, Glenn. Spring 2005. “Planning Physical and Conceptual Longevity in Public Art Commissions.” Public Art Review. Vol. 32. 36-37

Wharton, Glenn. 2001. “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. London: English Heritage.

Wharton, Glenn, Susan Lansing Maish, & William S. Ginell. 1990. “A Comparative Study of Silver Cleaning Abrasives.”  Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. 29:1. 13-32.

Wharton, Glenn & Tina Oldknow. 1987. “The Conservation of an Eighteenth Century Medallion Beaker by Johann Joseph Mildner.”  The Conservator. London: United Kingdom Institute for Conservation. Vol. 11. 42-45.

Wharton, Glenn. 1984. “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. 88-100.


2018: Digital Pedagogy Grant, Faculty of Arts & Science, New York University

2017: Getty Conservation Institute Guest Scholar Fellowship

2015: Pasold Research Fund, Fashion84th Anglo-American Conference of Historians University College London / Victoria & Albert Museum Conference Participation

2014: College Art Association / Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation

2012: Historic Hawai’i Foundation Preservation Media Award for The Painted King: Art, Activism, & Authenitcity in Hawai’i