Farris Wahbeh

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Visiting Assistant Professor School of Information fwahbeh@pratt.edu 212.647.7702 p 212.367.2492 f Manhattan Campus, Manhattan 6TH FL

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Farris Wahbeh, Benjamin and Irma Weiss Director of Research Resources, Whitney Museum of American Art, works within the field of cultural informatics to enhance access to art and archival collections. Mr. Wahbeh has worked with collections that house archival materials ranging from the eighteenth century to art collections of the twenty-first. At the Getty Research Institute, he worked as a Research Database Editor at the Provenance Index, as a Special Collections Cataloging Assistant working on the archive of David Tudor, and as a Library Assistant in the Conservation and Preservation department. In Chicago, Mr. Wahbeh managed the Creative Audio Archive where he oversaw the digitization and cataloguing of audio archival materials following accepted metadata standards. As Program Director for Collections and Exhibitions at Intuit: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, he implemented policy and procedure for the description, preservation, and database infrastructure of the Center's permanent collections. Mr. Wahbeh has also consulted with educational and corporate organizations to integrate art and archival collections within their institutional mandate, including the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Saudi Aramco's King Abdulazziz Center for World Culture. Prior to joining the Whitney Museum of American Art, he was the Project Archivist of the Meyer Schapiro Collection housed at Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library, which includes 400 linear feet of manuscript material and the art historian's art works. Before the appointment to his current position, Mr. Wahbeh worked as the Manager of Cataloguing and Documentation at the Whitney, creating standards for the description and information access for works of art held in the museum's permanent collection.