About

Instruments of Memory is a site that documents conversations with womxn in the arts published as interviews and oral history. It exists as a necessity to make visible those whose work is dedicated to producing, preserving, administering, and promoting the arts in all of its manifestations. Its purpose is to give voice to different womxn in different geographical locations and during the many professional stages of their careers, focusing on their work in progress or in a culminated work.

Meet the Team

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Claudia Pretelin 

Creative Content Director & Writer

Claudia Pretelin is an art historian, independent researcher, and arts administrator based in Los Angeles, California. She holds a BA in communications and received her MA and Ph.D. in art history from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her academic work has specialized in the field of photo history and contemporary art. She has lectured in Mexico, Argentina, and the United States and her work has been published in magazines such as Time Out México, Alquimia, Revista de Arte y Diseño, La Palabra y El Hombre, and Terremoto. For more than ten years she worked for the Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide and has also assisted & coordinated research in photo collections, museums, and art galleries, including Rochester Contemporary Art Center-RoCo and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions-LACE. She currently works as a Curator of Collections in the studio of renowned artist Gary Baseman

 

Benjamin Tucker

Editor & Content Advisor

Benjamin Tucker is the Chief Projectionist at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles, CA. At both the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, he manages a team of projectionists and regularly runs premieres, nitrate, 3-D, 70mm, and film festivals in addition to digital cinema and 35mm. He was previously a film archivist and projection manager at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. He taught film handling and repair for 13 years at the Selznick School of Film Preservation and has lectured on the topic in Mexico, Australia, and India. He has served on a film festival jury, programmed special events for a number of venues, worked as an archivist for the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, and is a contributor to The Art of Film Projection, a book published by the George Eastman Museum in the Fall of 2019.