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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

Conservation of Time Based Media“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

SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
"Binge Watching For Art Lovers." The Institute's Video Archive Featured in NYU Alumni Magazine

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

Conservation of Time Based MediaThe 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

Conservation of Time Based MediaAPRIL 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

Conservation of Time Based MediaThe 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

Conservation of Time Based MediaIn 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

Conservation studentsThe 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

November 1, 2015
The Fall 2015 Great Hall Exhibition Will Feature Work by Walead Beshty
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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]

September 28, 2015
Announcing "Helen Frankenthaler: A Symposium"
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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

Alexander NagelAn 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."
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September 26, 2015
Call for Papers: The Great Hall Exhibitions
Photo of Conservation LabIn 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
Photo of Conservation LabThe 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.
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June 25, 2015
IFA Archaeologists Discover One of the Earliest Greek Temples Ever Excavated in Southern Italy
Photo of Trench in SelinunteAfter 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
Jacques-Louis DavidIn 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
Open link in new windowVia ARTNews Magazine Open link in new window, 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
Maura ReillyVia ARTFORUMOpen link in new window, The National Academy MuseumOpen link in new window 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 MuseumOpen link in new window; she’s also held an executive position at the Linda Pace FoundationOpen link in new window and worked as senior curator at the American Federation of ArtOpen link in new window and Location OneOpen link in new window. She’s organized more than twenty-five exhibitions internationally.
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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
Benjamin CottamFor 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
Open link in new windowThe 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

Felix Gonzalez-TorresOrganized 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
Marta Chilindron at the Institute of Fine ArtsA 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.
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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 moreOpen link in new window

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 moreOpen link in new window

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 moreOpen link in new window

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 moreOpen link in new window

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 moreOpen link in new window

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 moreOpen link in new window

November 12, 2013
The Institute's excavation at Abydos, Egypt is featured in the current issue of the New Yorker
The New YorkerIn 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 moreOpen link in new window

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 moreOpen link in new window

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 moreOpen link in new window

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 moreOpen link in new window

September 3, 2013
The Institute of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the September 2013 debut of The Great Hall Exhibitions
Lynda BenlgisThis 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


July, 2013
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

June, 2013
The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University seeks to appoint a professor with expertise in Western European Medieval Art
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June, 2013
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.
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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


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