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


Claudia Pretelin 

Creative Content Director & Writer

Claudia Pretelin holds a BA in communications and received her MA and Ph.D. in art history from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). For ten years, she worked as a personal assistant to the Mexican photographer, Graciela Iturbide. In 2011 and 2012, she was awarded a fellowship from the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) in support of her continuing research in Kodak advertising at the George Eastman Museum. She has worked for different artists, museums, galleries, and photo collections in Mexico City, Rochester, NY, and Los Angeles, CA where she currently lives.


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.