January 30, 2018
The Institute's Conservation Center Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
The Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, has received a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) that will bolster the Center's mission to provide premier graduate-level training and education for future conservators.
The 2018 grant, Educating Future Preservation Professionals to Steward Humanities Collections, provides financial aid for students and supports adjunct faculty and specialist lecturers. This award will be increased to $100,000 if the Conservation Center can secure $25,000 in private funding.
The Conservation Center trains students in core conservation competencies and, at the same time, responds to emerging needs of the field and incorporates them into a rigorous four-year program. Recently augmented offerings include a closer evaluation of conservation ethics, the integration of sustainable and preventive conservation into routine preservation practices, and the delivery of specialized training in currently understaffed areas, such as time-based media art conservation. Unique among peer programs, the Conservation Center requires its students to earn a Master of Arts degree in art history in addition to a Master of Science. These dual degrees facilitate collaboration among conservators, scholars, and library and museum professionals. Read more
January 23, 2018
The Institute Mourns the Loss of William Bryan Jordan Jr., Institute Alumnus
William Bryan Jordan Jr., who used his scholarly and keen eye to enrich art museums from Dallas and Fort Worth to Madrid, died Monday. He was 77.
An authority on Spanish art, he was founding director of Southern Methodist University's Meadows Museum. His résumé also included serving as deputy director of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.
He served on the boards of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Foundation for the Arts and the Nasher Foundation, of which he was a founding director. He also was past president of the Chinati Foundation, a contemporary art museum in Marfa. Read more
January 16, 2018
The Institute Mourns the Loss of Eugene Thaw
Eugene Victor Thaw passed away on January 3, 2018, at his home in Cherry Valley, NY, aged 90. Gene was an early and enlightened advocate of the importance of conservation, technical art history and connoisseurship, and graduate-level conservation education. In furtherance of these interests, he conceived and funded the creation of the Thaw Conservation Center at the Morgan Library & Museum, a world-class facility for treatment, research, and preservation of works on paper, bound materials, and photographs, as well as a sought-after training ground for future paper and book conservators, as well as senior scholars. He also endowed the Eugene Thaw Professorship in Paper Conservation at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, which resulted in the development of new cross-disciplinary approaches to the study and conservation of prints and drawings. Demonstrating his abiding fondness for students was his generous support of this year’s meeting of the Association of North American Graduate Programs in Conservation (ANAGPIC), hosted by the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
It was always said that Gene Thaw had a good “eye” – but, even finer, was his heart.
- Margaret (Peggy) Holben Ellis
Chair and Eugene Thaw Professor of Paper Conservation
January 8, 2018
Transformative Mellon Award for Groundbreaking Program in Time-based Media Art Conservation at the Conservation Center
In recognition of the changing field of contemporary art conservation, the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University will implement a high caliber program in time-based media (TBM) art conservation. A $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will also enable the Center to offer support to graduate students, as well as to provide mid-level training for external students and professionals already working in the field. Read more
November 20, 2017
The Conservation Center Receives Mellon Grant for Art Conservation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $2.1 million to SUNY Buffalo State, the Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (NYU), and the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. The award is intended to further a collaborative project in the area of library and archives conservation education (LACE).
It follows a 2016 planning grant from the foundation to fund a five-year institutional collaboration among the three art conservation programs. This is an eight-year grant that will go toward student fellowships and guest lecturers who are LACE specialists, as well as cover travel among the institutions.
It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Linda Nochlin, our brilliant colleague, friend, and beloved mentor to generations of students, died on October 29, 2017. Nochlin received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts in 1963 with a dissertation on Gustave Courbet, and went on to become a highly esteemed scholar of modern and contemporary art. She taught at Vassar College, Yale University, and eventually returned to the Institute of Fine Arts, where she held the Lila Acheson Wallace Chair of Modern Art. A bold and original thinker, she wrote path-breaking studies of the work of Courbet, Gericault, Renoir, and Seurat, as well as many contemporary feminist and realist artists, including Joan Mitchell, Kiki Smith, Louise Bourgeois, and Sarah Lucas. One of her most famous essays, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” published in 1971 in ARTnews, galvanized a sea change in the way art historians conceived the notion of genius, bringing important critical attention to the social structures that led to the absence of women from the highest ranks of artistic accomplishment. Her work continued to astonish, provoke, and challenge all of us in the years that followed. We look forward to reading her new book, Misère: The Representation of Misery in the 19th Century, which will be released in March 2018.
The Institute will organize a celebration of Linda Nochlin’s life, work, and legacy in the next few months. In the meantime, we offer our profound condolences to Linda’s family, colleagues, many friends, and students.
Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director
The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
August 15, 2017
On Race and Medieval Studies: A Collective Statement by Medievalists of Colour, brought to our attention by Prof. Thomas, is on our new Advocacy page.
August 7, 2017
The Institute Mourns the Loss of Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann
It is with profound sadness that I write to inform you that our colleague, mentor, and friend Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann died on August 5. Egbert joined the Institute of Fine Arts in 1978, and was named the John Langeloth Loeb Professor. For several years he concurrently held the position of Curator of Seventeenth-Century Dutch and Flemish Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A world renowned scholar of Dutch and Flemish art, Egbert was also a leading expert in the study of drawings. A prolific scholar, Egbert’s work combines a complete command of context with acute formal sensibility and a keen connoisseurial eye. He was an inspiring teacher. Rigorous and generous, he influenced generations of students and generations of scholarship. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with Egbert’s family and friends.
Judy & Michael Steinhardt Director
The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
July 10, 2017
Aphrodisias on World Heritage List
Aphrodisias was formally inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee held in Krakow, Poland, in July 2017.
This is great news for Aphrodisias and recognizes the intrinsic importance of the site and its monuments, as well as the high-level work carried out over more than fifty years by New York University’s archaeological team in collaboration with Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Aphrodisias retains huge potential, and its future as a site of outstanding cultural value is exciting and bright. Read more about the Institute's archaeological excavations
June 1, 2017
Margaret Holben Ellis, ’79, Eugene Thaw Professor of Paper Conservation at the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, has been elected on June 1st, 2017, President of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).
Incorporated in 1972 as a national offshoot of an international group of conservators, AIC has grown into a prominent and influential professional organization having more than 3,500 members comprising conservators, educators, curators, scientists, students, archivists, art historians, collection care professionals, and collecting institutions in more than forty countries, all having the same goal: to preserve the material evidence of our past so we can learn from it today and in the future. The AIC serves its members by establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public. Read more
April 5, 2017
The Conservation Center has appointed Karl Buchberg and David Saunders as Judith Praska Visiting Professors in Conservation and Technical Studies for the 2016-17 Academic Year
The Institute is pleased to welcome Karl Buchberg and David Saunders in a dual appointment as the 2017-18 Judith Praska Visiting Professors in Conservation and Technical Studies. Karl will join the program in fall 2017 and will teach a course tentatively titled “Technical Art History within the Museum Setting.” David will join the Conservation Center in spring 2018 and the title of his course will be “Imaging Technologies and Other Non-invasive Methods of Analysis.” Read more
April 5, 2017
Frieze Announces Programs and Highlights for Frieze New York 2017
Taking place on Friday, May 5 in collaboration with the Getty and the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, Frieze’s first-ever symposium in New York will present three panel discussions on Latin American and Latino art related to the Getty’s upcoming “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” (September 2017- January 18). Participants will include Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, co-curator of the touring exhibition “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985” (Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2017; Brooklyn Museum, New York, 2018); Dan Fox, co-editor of frieze magazine; Clara M. Kim, curator of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery’s exhibition “Learning from Latin America: Art, Architecture and Visions of Modernism” (2017-18); Chon Noriega, cocurator of the touring exhibition “Home–So Different, So Appealing: Art from the Americas since 1957” (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2017; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2017-18); Edward Sullivan, the Helen Gould Sheppard Professor in the History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU; and artists featured in the exhibitions including Guillermo Kuitca, María Evelia Marmolejo and Clarissa Tossin. For further information, please see frieze.com. Read more
MARCH 23, 2017
Christine Poggi, Modern and Contemporary Art History Scholar, Appointed Director of the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU
NYU President Andrew Hamilton and Provost Katherine Fleming have announced the appointment of Christine Poggi – a respected art history scholar with expertise in modern and contemporary art; Italian studies; and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies – as the new Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director of the Institute of Fine Arts, effective September 1, 2017.
Dr. Poggi is currently professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment in Italian Studies in the Department of Romance Languages.
As director, she will lead one of the most well respected graduate schools and research centers in art history, archaeology, and art conservation in the world. Housed in the landmarked Duke Mansion on 78th Street and 5th Avenue, the Institute of Fine Arts has produced many of the nation’s leading art historians, museum directors, curators, and conservators since its founding in 1932.
Andrew Hamilton said, “The Institute of Fine Arts is a shining jewel in NYU’s crown, with a rich reputation for scholarship on art that spans centuries from ancient Egypt to modern and contemporary art. Her commitment to high academic standards will ensure that the Institute will continue to enjoy a reputation for excellence, and her demonstrable success at the University of Pennsylvania in encouraging cross-department collaborations and institutional partnerships is very much in line with the emphasis we put on such efforts here at NYU.” Read more
MARCH 10, 2017
Maddalena Paggi-Mincione Joins Institute of Fine Arts’ Board of Trustees
Marica Vilcek, chairman of the Institute of Fine Arts Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce that Maddalena Paggi-Mincione has joined as the newest member of the Institute of Fine Arts Board of Trustees. An alumna who received her MA and Ph.D. from the Institute, Maddalena spent eleven years in New York studying archaeology and history of art, and completed her doctorate dissertation on Etruscan Bronzes in 2005. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1996 from the College of Arts and Science, NYU. Read more
JANUARY 17, 2017
The Institute Mourns the Loss of One Our Most Distinquished Alumni
The New York Times – James S. Ackerman, a Harvard art historian whose studies of the architecture of Michelangelo and Palladio remain classics in the field, died on Dec. 31 at his home in Cambridge, Mass. He was 97.
The death was confirmed by his wife, Jill Slosburg-Ackerman.
Mr. Ackerman plunged into the study of architecture while serving in Italy with the Army at the end of World War II. While awaiting a transfer back to the United States, he volunteered to work for the Monuments and Fine Arts Commission in Milan. He was given the assignment of retrieving archives that had been stored for safety in Pavia, in the monastery complex known as the Certosa.
A flame was kindled. His immersion in the Certosa di Pavia generated a master’s thesis at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York, where he earned a doctorate in 1952. While teaching art history at the University of California, Berkeley, he was approached by the art historians Anthony Blunt and Rudolf Wittkower to write a survey of Michelangelo’s architecture for a series of architectural monographs they were editing. Read more
JANUARY 14, 2017
Professor Emeritus Thomas F. Mathews' Book Published in Three Languages
In an historic first, the John Langeloth Loeb Professor Emeritus Thomas F. Mathews is publishing his book simultaneously in three languages on the origin of icons co-authored with Norman E. Muller, graduate of the Institute's Conservation Center. English language: "The Dawn of Christian Art in Panel Paintings and Icons," J. Paul Getty Publishing of Los Angeles; Italian language: "Alle Origini delle Icone,".Jaca Book, Milan; French Language: "Les Origines Païennes des Icones," Editions du Cerf, Paris. Now retired in Paris, Professor Mathews continues lecturing and publishing.
OCTOBER 26, 2016
Our Great Hall Exhibition, Martha Friedman's "Some Hags," is Featured in Artnet's Editors’ Picks: 8 Art Events to See in New York This Week
“Some Hags” is a new body of work by sculptor Martha Friedman, and the first in a series of exhibitions by and about women, at the landmark James B. Duke House, the cavernous house the family donated in 1952, which now serves as headquarters for NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. Friedman created an installation as a response to an expansive Flemish tapestry that hangs above the building’s sweeping staircase which depicts a scene from The Odyssey, in which the goddess Circe is being threatened and chastised by Odysseus. Of the tapestry, Friedman said: “I’m intrigued by how contemporary this five-hundred-year-old weaving feels in the way it tackles issues of gender and power.” Read more
NYU Alumni Magazine profiled the Institute's program of videotaping and live broadcasting public lectures. An excerpt: "Seven years and 244 publicly accessible clips later, the program has surpassed all expectations. Fifty-plus events are live-streamed a year on vimeo.com/ifa and the videos have been watched more than 46,800 times globally. The most popular? Excavations at Abydos, Egypt, with more than 7,000 views. Some proceedings are interactive, taking questions in real time through Twitter." Read more on page 16 below.
JULY 28, 2016
The Conservation Center Has Appointed Lawrence Becker and Thea B. van Oosten as Judith Praska Visiting Professors in Conservation and Technical Studies for the 2016-17 Academic Year
The Institute of Fine Arts is pleased to welcome Lawrence Becker and Thea B. van Oosten in a dual appointment as the 2016-17 Judith Praska Visiting Professors in Conservation and Technical Studies. Lawrence will join the program in fall 2016 and will teach a course with the title “Conservation of Asian and Archaeological Objects.” Thea will join the Conservation Center in spring 2017 and the title of her course will be “The Physical Properties of Plastics.” Read more
April 20, 2016
Shan Kuang will join the NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center as the Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Paintings Conservation
APRIL 20, 2016 – Shan Kuang will join the Conservation Center as the Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Painting Conservation. Shan joins us from the National Art Gallery in Washington, DC, where she held the position of Painting Conservation Intern. She has a post graduate diploma from Hamilton Kerr Institute at the University of Cambridge, UK, in Conservation of Easel Paintings; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Yale University. Previously, Shan held work placements at Yale University Art Gallery, Royal Collection Trust (Windsor, UK), and Simon Bobak Conservation Limited (London, UK).
"We are fortunate indeed that Shan not only has experience with the many aspects of the responsibilities she will have as the Kress Fellow, but with an approach to the treatment of Old Master Paintings that is consonant with ours. I look forward to sharing ideas and techniques with her,” said Dianne Dwyer Modestini, Conservation Consultant to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Conservator of the Kress Program, and Research Professor of the Conservation Center. Read more
March 1, 2016
The Spring 2016 Great Hall Exhibition Will Feature Work by Charles Simonds
The Institute of Fine Arts continues its ongoing Great Hall Exhibition Series by showcasing sculptor Charles Simonds’s Mental Earth in the Great Hall, opening April 1, 2016. The exhibit was organized by IFA PhD student Julia Pelta Feldman, and will be accompanied by a dialogue and day-long symposium featuring the artist.
A sculptor with roots in New York City’s downtown scene, Simonds first gained renown as an artist in the 1970s for his Dwellings, miniature villages in unfired clay constructed in the streets of SoHo and the Lower East Side and conceived as homes to an imaginary civilization that Simonds called “the Little People.” Read more
January 8, 2016
The Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center Announces Grant for New Graduate Specialization in Time-Based Media Art Conservation
In recognition of the changing field of contemporary art conservation, NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center will establish a new specialization in time-based media art conservation as part of its four-year degree program. With support from a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Center will develop a curriculum for the premier graduate-level education of time-based media art conservators, which will be the first of its kind in the United States.
The two-year grant period, beginning January 2016, supports developing the curriculum for the program and promoting the field through public lectures on current research. Read more
December 14, 2015
The Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center Announces National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for Conservation Education
The Conservation Center at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to strengthen the Center’s mission to provide future conservators with the premier graduate-level training and education in the country.
The two-year grant for the project, Conservation Training and Education: The Future of Humanities Stewardship, supports financial aid for six conservation graduate students and helps pay for guest lecturers and adjunct faculty from some of the country’s leading cultural institutions.
The Center received recognition from the office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who has been a steady champion of arts and cultural funding during her time in Congress. In congratulating the University on the grant, Gillibrand’s senior advisor Brook Gesser said, “As one of the world’s great artistic hubs, New York has always attracted the best and the brightest talent. The work you create with this award will no doubt contribute to the rich cultural vitality of our state.” Read more
December 11, 2015
The Institute of Fine Arts Mourns the Loss of Distinguished Alumnus Charlie Moffett
The New York Times - Charles S. Moffett, a curator who reframed scholarly understanding of the Impressionists and their era in exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery and other major museums, died on Thursday at his home on Fishers Island, N.Y. He was 70. Read more
The Institute of Fine Arts is pleased to announce an exhibition of the work of artist and writer Walead Beshty. The show brings together works on paper and sculptural pieces by the artist.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public events. A public opening reception will take place on Wednesday, November 11 from 6-8pm. The following evening, Thursday, November 12, Beshty will discuss his work and writings during a public conversation with art historian and curator, Johanna Burton. Finally, on Friday, December 4, the Institute will host a panel discussion featuring art historians and critics in dialogue. The panel takes Beshty's latest publication Ethics (Whitechapel Gallery / MIT Press, 2015) as a starting point to discuss the aesthetics of distribution and methodology of art history today.
Support for this exhibition was graciously provided by an anonymous donor. Institutional support has been generously provided by Petzel Gallery, New York and Regen Projects, Los Angeles. More information.
October 15, 2015
Marica Vilcek, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce that Valeria Napoleone has joined the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Fine Arts.
Valeria Napoleone is an art collector and patron. The focus of her collection is on the work of contemporary women artists. She is Head of the Development Committee at London-based, not-for-profit gallery Studio Voltaire; a Trustee of the Contemporary Art Society; sits on the Board of the Fashion Arts Foundation of the British Fashion Council; and is a member of the President's Global Council at New York University. Read more [PDF]
October 9, 2015
Leon Levy Visiting Fellowship in Archaeological Conservation 2016-17
The Conservation Center is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Fellowship year 2016-17. More information [PDF]
The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU is pleased to announce a symposium exploring new perspectives on the work of artist Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011). The event will take place at the Institute’s James B. Duke House on Friday afternoon, October 23, 2015, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Co-organized by Robert Slifkin, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, and Pepe Karmel, Associate Professor of Art History, NYU, in partnership with the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, this afternoon program will feature presentations by five leading scholars of postwar modern art. More information and a full list of speakers
September 8, 2015
Professor Alexander Nagel is the Guest Editor of The Brooklyn Rail
An excerpt from the Editor's Message:
"In the last Whitney Biennial a significant percentage of the works on view took as their subjects actual historical episodes or addressed earlier moments in the history of art. This is different from artists grappling with and working out of tradition, which is how art gets made at any time. At the Whitney, and many times before and since, my thought has been, “This feels like the late 16th century in Europe.” I find myself surrounded by highly sophisticated and subtle artists making knowing reference to earlier episodes in the history of art, usually of the last century but also from earlier periods."
September 26, 2015
Call for Papers: The Great Hall Exhibitions
In conjunction with its spring exhibition of the work of Charles Simonds, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University announces a call for papers for a symposium to take place on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Dwellings: Charles Simonds and 1970s New York will use Simonds’s work and its original context in downtown New York as a point of depar-ture for addressing alternate histories and metho-dologies in the study of the art of the recent past. As the 1970s crystallizes into a historical period, certain episodes are privileged while others fail to be written into art history. This symposium will reinstate a key figue as it seeks to ofer new narra-tives in the history of art. Read more
July 21, 2015
Stronger if Combined: Art History and Science.The Conservation Center Announces a New Dual Degree Program
The Institute of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that the Conservation Center is changing its accreditation with the New York State Board of Education from an Advanced Certificate in Conservation to a Master of Science in Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. The change reflects the substantial role that science plays in the training and education of conservation students.
June 25, 2015
IFA Archaeologists Discover One of the Earliest Greek Temples Ever Excavated in Southern Italy
After concluding the excavation of Temple R at the Selinunte site, IFA archaeologists have discovered the remains of an even earlier building below. The team also found the first known evidence of looting by the Carthaginians after taking Selinunte in 409 BCE. The building is dated to ca. 630-620 which is around the time of the foundation of Selinunte. This new temple is the earliest documented such building in Selinunte, and one of the earliest Greek temples ever excavated in Sicily and South Italy. Read more
June 23, 2015
The 64th Annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts by Professor Thomas Crow Now Available on the National Gallery's Website and for Download on iTunes
In this six-part lecture series entitled Restoration as Event and Idea: Art in Europe, 1814-1820, art historian Thomas Crow considers the period following the fall of Napoleon. During this time, artists throughout Europe were left uncertain and adrift, with old certainties and boundaries dissolved. How did they then set new courses for themselves? Professor Crow's lectures answer that question by offering both the wide view of art centers across the continent—Rome, Paris, London, Madrid, Brussels—and a close-up focus on individual actors— Francisco Goya (1746-1828), Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825), Antonio Canova (1757-1822), Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867), and Theodore Gericault (1791-1824). Whether directly or indirectly, these artists were linked in a new international network with changed artistic priorities and new creative possibilities emerging from the wreckage of the old. Read more and watch/listen online.
June 11, 2015
IFA Donor Valeria Napoleone To Bring Work By Female Artists To SculptureCenter, UK Museuems
Via ARTNews Magazine , IFA donor and NYU alumna Valeria Napoleone is leading an effort to "equalize the representation of male and female artists in museum collections" in both England and America. In a phone conversation, she told ARTnews that she began Valeria Napoleone XX because she wanted to continue her relationship with institutions while working to correct the gender imbalance in so many collections. Read more
June 5, 2015
IFA Alumna Maura Reilly Appointed Chief Curator at National Academy Museum
Via ARTFORUM, The National Academy Museum has appointed Dr. Maura Reilly as its new chief curator. Reilly previously worked as founding curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum; she’s also held an executive position at the Linda Pace Foundation and worked as senior curator at the American Federation of Art and Location One. She’s organized more than twenty-five exhibitions internationally.
June 5, 2015
Marica Vilcek to Be Next Institute of Fine Arts’ Board Chair
Stephen L. Lash, Chairman, Institute of Fine Arts Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce that Marica Vilcek will succeed him as the Institute’s new Chairman on October 8, 2015. Born in Bratislava, Slovakia, Ms. Vilcek earned advanced degrees in art history from the Comenius University in Bratislava and Charles University in Prague. Upon graduation, she began her professional career in a curatorial position at the Department of Prints and Drawings of the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava. Read more
June 5, 2015
Great Hall Display Cases Reviewed in The Brooklyn Rail
For more than a year now, curator Lisa Banner, who graduated with a doctorate on 17th-century patronage and collecting in Spain from the Institute of Fine Arts, has been curating contemporary art exhibitions in two small vitrines found on the steps of the Institute’s Great Hall. With curiosity and skill, Banner has found all sorts of youngish artists to display and discuss. A recent show of Benjamin Cottam’s work was particularly stimulating. Read more
June 1, 2015
Nancy Lee Joins Institute of Fine Arts’ Board of Trustees
Stephen L. Lash, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce that Nancy Lee has joined the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Fine Arts. Ms. Lee is the Chairman of the Friends of Hong Kong Museum of Art, which provides art education programs to its members and the general public, and raises funds for the museum. Read more
April 22, 2015
Alumna Lauren Jacobi Awarded Rome Prize Fellowship
The American Academy in Rome recently announced the winners of the Rome Prize Fellowship, which annually supports advanced independent work in the arts and humanities in a unique residential community in Rome. These twenty-nine artists and scholars will receive a stipend, workspace, and room and board for a period of six months to two years in Rome. The presentation was made at the Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony, which was held at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. Read more
March 30 - May 8, 2015
The Spring 2015 Great Hall Exhibition Will Feature Work
by Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Organized by Katharine J. Wright and Susanna V. Temkin, this installation pairs two works encompassing different media and conceptual practices that speak to major themes in the artist's oeuvre. The manifestable candy piece "Untitled (Placebo-Landscape-for Roni)", 1993 and the static photographic work "Untitled" (Natural History), 1990 offer a point of access into overarching strategies that the artist employed throughout the course of his career.
The Great Hall Exhibitions present two exhibitions per year showcasing prominent contemporary artists. Taking place in the fall and spring semesters, the expansive great hall of the Duke House, a historic landmark building, provides an impressive setting for displaying seminal contemporary art in the center of the IFA’s academic home and community. Read more
March 11, 2015
Professor Thomas Crow to Deliver the 64th Annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington
Washington, DC—Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, will give the 64th annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts in a series entitled Restoration as Event and Idea: Art in Europe, 1814–1820. Read more
January 27th, 2015
Leon Levy Visiting Fellowship in Archaeological Conservation 2015-16
The Conservation Center is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Fellowship year 2015-16. Read more
December 10, 2014
The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University seeks to appoint a professor with expertise in Modern Art
The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University seeks to appoint for a three-year period a professor with expertise in Modern Art ca. 1850 to ca. 1945. Geographic area of specialization open; specialists in art beyond Europe and North America are also invited to apply. Read more
December 2, 2014
Marta Chilindron exhibition reviewed in Hyperallergic
A historic building on Millionaire’s Row seems an unlikely location to come upon contemporary sculpture, yet the old and the new are currently loosening each other up in a former party mansion on the Upper East Side.
Each piece in the exhibition has a distinct geometry and structure — in short, its own architecture. In this way, the sculptures share an affinity with the Great Hall: both showcase a precision of design and a scrupulousness of construction. Former robber-baron homes quite naturally lend themselves to the presentation of Old Master paintings, but the minimalist forms, bright colors, and industrial materials of Chilindron’s sculptures have their own vivacity in such a setting, acting as a meaningful foil to the Beaux-Arts architecture while generating unexpected similarities. Read more
December 1, 2014
The Institute Mourns the Passing of Danny Dennehy
Yesterday, the Institute learned of the passing of our beloved Danny Dennehy. Read more
November 13, 2014
Marta Chilindron Exhibition Featured in Art in America
Made from jointed planes of brightly colored acrylic, seven sculptures—some wall-hung, some on tabletops, one forming a gargantuan maze (a featured project at last May's Art Basel Hong Kong)—reflect the Uruguayan-born, New York-based artist's ongoing investigation of manipulable forms and spaces.
September 18, 2014
The Fall 2014 Great Hall Exhibition will feature sculptures by Marta Chilindron
The exhibition will be on view from November 3rd to December 5th, 2014. Please join us for an opening reception with the artist on Tuesday, November 4th. Read more
June 6, 2014
Professor Michele Matteini joins the faculty of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Michele Matteini, Assistant Professor of East Asian Art, Architecture and Visual Culture, has been hired as Associate Faculty at the Institute of Fine Arts. He will take up his new position on the first of September 2014. Read more
June 5, 2014
Lauren Berkley Saunders has joined the Board of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Ms. Saunders is an alumna of the Institute and a noted educator and consultant. Upon completing her graduate work at the IFA, she moved to Washington, DC and began working at Saint Patrick’s Episcopal Day School developing curriculum-related museum programs as well as teaching art history and studio art. Read more
April 25, 2014
Professor Robert A. Maxwell joins the faculty of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Professor Robert A. Maxwell will be joining the faculty of the Institute of Fine Arts on the first of September 2014. Professor Maxwell is a distinguished scholar of the art of the Middle Ages, with special interest in problems of interpretation, visual poetics, and critical theory, as well as medieval art's historiography. Read more
March 19, 2014
Philippe de Montebello becomes a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts
Philippe de Montebello, Fiske Kimball Professor in the History and Culture of Museums, is the latest member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in France. Read more
February 25, 2014
Roberta P. Huber Joins the Institute of Fine Arts’ Board of Trustees
Judy Steinhardt, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce that Roberta P. Huber has joined the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Ms. Steinhardt notes, “It is a pleasure to welcome Roberta to our Board. She has a substantial history with the Institute of Fine Arts as a member of the Executive Committee of the Connoisseurs Circle, our lead patron group, and as a passionate supporter of the Colloquium on the Art in Spain and Latin America at the IFA.” Read more
November 12, 2013
The Institute's excavation at Abydos, Egypt is featured in the current issue of the New Yorker
In January of 2013, a team from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University arrived to undertake an archaeology of the revolution. The archeologists excavated every major looting pit, measuring and mapping with satellite imagery. The team included four excavators, three conservators, two surveyors, two architectural specialists, a photographer... Read more
October 31, 2013
Introducing the Momentum Campaign
In conjunction with New York University’s $1 billion Momentum Campaign, the Institute of Fine Arts is pleased to announce a $50 million fundraising goal for student support. Read more
October 15, 2013
Larry Gagosian and Marica Vilcek Join the Institute of Fine Arts’ Board of Trustees
Judy Steinhardt, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce that Larry Gagosian and Marica Vilcek have joined the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Read more
September 12, 2013
The Museum of Modern Art Announces New Partnership: The Museum Research Consortium, Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Museum of Modern Art announces the creation of the Museum Research Consortium, a new partnership with the graduate art history programs at Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Read more
September 3, 2013
The Institute of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the September 2013 debut of The Great Hall Exhibitions
This exciting new initiative will present two exhibitions per year showcasing prominent contemporary artists. Taking place in the fall and spring semesters, the expansive great hall of the Duke House, an historic landmark building, provides an impressive setting for displaying seminal contemporary art in the center of the IFA’s academic home and community. Read more
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Supports the Conservation Center’s Summer Institute of Technical Art History
The Institute of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has generously awarded the Conservation Center $400,000 in support of the Summer Institute of Technical Art History (SITAH) program through 2016. Read more
The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University seeks to appoint a professor with expertise in Western European Medieval Art
The Conservation Center Names Alan Phenix and Julie Wolfe as the 2013 - 2014 Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professors in Conservation and Technical Studies
The Institute of Fine Arts is pleased to welcome Alan Phenix and Julie Wolfe in a dual appointment as the 2013 – 2014 Judith Praska Visiting Professors in Conservation and Technical Studies. They will be in residence in spring 2014. Alan will offer both a seminar and a laboratory course on paint, coatings and solvents, and Julie will teach a seminar in the conservation of public art that will be open to both conservation and art history students. Read more
February 4th, 2013
The Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts Welcomes Carol Mancusi-Ungaro as the Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor in Conservation and Technical Studies
The Institute of Fine Arts is delighted to welcome conservator Carol Mancusi-Ungaro this spring as the second Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor in Conservation. Carol currently serves as Associate Director for Conservation and Research at the Whitney Museum of American Art and is the Founding Director of the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art at the Harvard Art Museum. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College in 1968 and a Master of Arts degree from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 1970. For nineteen years she served as Chief Conservator of The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. Read more
December 5, 2012
Terra Foundation Supports American Art at the Institute of Fine Arts
The Institute of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that the Terra Foundation for American Art has generously awarded a grant in support of the upcoming symposium, “Mapping: Geography, Power, and the Imagination in the Art of the Americas” (March 7-8, 2013). This innovative symposium will explore the North and South American landscape in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from a hemispheric perspective through the concept of mapping. Read more
November 7, 2012
Hurricane Sandy Response
The faculty and students of the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts are committed to helping in the recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Artists' studios, archives, art storage facilities, galleries and conservation firms in low-lying areas of Chelsea, Brooklyn and Long Island City have been adversely affected by the surge of contaminated brackish water from the storm, and we have been mobilizing to assist in the stabilization and recovery of works of art and archives.
November 7, 2012
The IFA Mourns the Loss of Professor Emerita Evelyn B. Harrison
Evelyn Byrd Harrison, born in 1920, was descended from two First Families of Virginia, lineages recognized as belonging among the first wave of English settlers to colonize Jamestown in the 17th century. The Byrds became a lasting and prominent political dynasty in Virginia, as did the Harrisons who produced Virginia governors and two American presidents. Read more
October 11, 2012
Deanie Stein Joins Institute of Fine Arts’ Board of Trustees
Judy Steinhardt, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce that Deanie Stein has joined the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Fine Arts. Read more
September 18, 2012
IFA archaeological team at Aphrodisias discovers two life-size marble statues in this year’s excavation
Recent excavations in Aphrodisias (Aug 2012), one of the most important archaeological sites in modern Turkey, directed by R.R.R. Smith with A. Sokolicek and K. Welch, have revealed two life-size marble statues, both of high quality. They were found built into the foundations of a post-antique or early medieval building and are in a very good state of preservation. The find has also been announced in the Turkish media (click here for the article). One of the figures wears Greek civilian dress (tunic and cloak) and is of mid-imperial date, c. AD 200. He is displayed in a dynamic posture, holding a book scroll in his left hand. The other figure wears a late antique Roman toga and is of the fifth century AD. It has a stolid four-square posture, a thick chest, and an unusually fat belly. The second statue probably represented a governor or other high-ranking office-holder in the imperial administration. The discoveries are described in more detail in this interview of R.R.R. Smith in Live Science and the Huffington Post.
September 12, 2012
The Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts Announces Annual Student Award for Excellence in Conservation Treatment
The Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the establishment of the RDM prize, an annual award to a current student or recent graduate in recognition of an advanced treatment of a work of art that demonstrates a high level of skill and art historical sensitivity. Thanks to the generosity of a long-standing friend of our program, this award will include $500 for the purchase of conservation tools and materials, and a named plaque. Read More
July 30, 2012
IFA Archaeological Team at Selinunte Discover a Seventh-Century BCE Sanctuary to Demeter
We are pleased to announce that the 2012 IFA archaeological team, directed by Professor Clemente Marconi, unearthed the most archaic temple in the region of Selinunte to date. The discovery is announced here in English, while more in-depth articles are available at BlogSicilia and Corriere del Mezzogiorno. Images of the excavated votive material are featured in Il Giornale dell'Arte and La Republica, including a bone flute, Protocorinthian lekythos, Attic white ground lekythos by the Douris painter, and statuette of Demeter.
June 29, 2012
Announcing a new course: Curatorial Studies The Making of the New Galleries of the Arts of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia at Metropolitan Museum of Art
On November 1, 2011, the new galleries of the Arts of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia (ALTICALSA) opened to the public. This was a momentous occasion for the museum curatorial staff and administration, Islamic art scholars and our various audiences. To date, the new galleries have been visited by close to 600,000 visitors to date and continue to attract large numbers of visitors daily. Read more
June 5, 2012
ISLAA Makes Generous Gift to the IFA
The Institute of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that the Institute for the Studies On Latin American Art (ISLAA) has given the IFA a $75,000 grant, payable over the next three years, to enhance the study of and research on Latin American art. Since 1991, the IFA has led the way in the United States in building an innovative, dedicated program for the study of Latin American art at the graduate level. Read more >
May 2, 2012
Dr. Ann Temkin Receives the Second IFA Honorary Fellowship
We are pleased to announce the second annual IFA Honorary Fellow. This year’s recipient is Ann Temkin, the Marie- Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Read more
April 30, 2012
The Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts welcomes Christine Frohnert as the inaugural Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor in Conservation and Technical Studies
The Institute of Fine Arts is delighted to announce the new Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Conservation beginning in fall 2012 and to welcome conservator Christine Frohnert as the first Praska Professor. Ms. Frohnert completed her training as a paintings and sculpture conservator in various institutions in Germany in 1993. She consequently joined the conservation department of the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, and held the position of the Chief Conservator from 2000-2005.
February 17, 2012
Professor Alexander Nagel Awarded 2012 Charles Rufus Morey Book Award
We are pleased to announce that Professor Alexander Nagel’s new book, The Controversy of Renaissance Art (Chicago UP, 2011), has been awarded the 2012 College Art Association’s Charles Rufus Morey Book Award. Read more
February 17, 2012
2012 American Institute of Archaeology Conservation and Heritage Management Award granted to Professor James McCredie
We are pleased to announce that Sherman Fairchild Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts and Director James McCredie has just been given the 2012 American Institute of Archaeology Conservation and Hertiage Management Award in recognition of his work on the excavations at Samothrace, Greece. Read more
February 17, 2012
Excellence in the Arts Award from Appraisers Association of America goes to Professor Linda Nochlin
Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art Linda Nochlin, we are happy to announce, has received the Appraisers Association of America’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Read more
February 1, 2012
Click here to see an interview done last year at Harvard with Edith Kitzmiller Professor of Art History, Marvin Trachtenberg, about his important book, Building-in-Time. Professor Trachtenberg’s book addresses the role that temporality plays in pre-modern Italian architecture. His deft treatment of medieval and Renaissance architecture helps us to see the way that temporality is also an important element in the production and reception of modern architecture.
January 23rd, 2012
Professor Roland R.R. (Bert) Smith receives the National Arts Club Certificate of Merit
The IFA is pleased to announce that Professor Roland R.R. (Bert) Smith, Director of the NYU IFA Aphrodisias Excavations, and Lincoln Professor Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford, recently received the National Arts Club Certificate of Merit for distinguished achievement in and contribution to Archaeology, on behalf of the Aphrodiasias Excavations. Read more
January 10, 2012
The Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts is Awarded a Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Support a Summer Institute in Technical Art history for PhD Students
The Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University was recently awarded $240,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund two years of an innovative summer program in technical art history for PhD candidates in art history from North American graduate departments. Read more
January 5, 2012
Field Season - photographs from the IFA's excavations in Abydos, Egypt.
The opening reception will be held Thursday, Jan 5th on the 8th floor of the Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South. Photographers Greg Maka, Amanda Kirkpatrick and Gus Gusciora will be showing a selection of work from the past three years. Curated by Ileana Selejan. View press releas