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July 16, 2018

The Institute Mourns the Loss of James Robert McCredie

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that James Robert McCredie, Sherman Fairchild Professor of Greek Archaeology and Architecture, long-serving director of the Institute, renowned archaeologist, and beloved teacher, passed away on July 15. McCredie received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1963, and joined the Institute as Assistant Professor the same year. After serving as deputy director for two years (1967-69), he left to become director of the American School of Classical Studies, returning to the Institute in 1978. He assumed the position of acting director in 1982, and was named director in 1983, a position he held until his retirement in 2002. He continued to serve on the Institute’s Board of Trustees until this past year.

Throughout his career, McCredie was associated with the excavations at Samothrace in Greece, for which he served as field director, as well as with the excavation in Aphrodisias in Turkey. His many publications include: Fortified Military Camps in Attica (American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1966), and the two-volume Samothrace 7, The Rotunda of Arsinoe (Princeton, 1992). In 2010, Bonna Daix Wescoat and Olga Palagia edited a festschrift as a tribute to his work at Samothrace: Samothracian Connections: Essays in Honor of James R. McCredie (Oxbow Books, 2010). In 2012, McCredie received The Archaeological Institute of America’s Conservation and Heritage Management Award in recognition of his lifetime support of conservation in the field as well as his ongoing commitment to conservation training and education. His colleagues, friends, and students remember him for his generosity, dry sense of humor, and modesty regarding his own achievements. In 1990, the staff at the Institute honored McCredie by naming a star in the constellation Lyra the Makkredios Aster.

Jim McCredie is survived by his wife, Marian McCredie, their son, Miles William McCredie and their daughter, Meredeth McCredie Winter, and son-in-law, Mark Winter and two grandchildren. The Institute will organize a memorial tribute to James McCredie in the next few months.

Christine Poggi, Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director

May 15, 2018

It's About Time! Building a New Discipline: Time-Based Media Art Conservation

Student examining a cathode ray tube

Time-Based Media (TBM) art conservation has been identified as a priority by many leading cultural organizations worldwide due to ever increasing TBM collections and their rapid deterioration and obsolescence. In order to address the diverse challenges of media art conservation, a new generation of media conservators will need to cross the disciplinary boundaries of computer science, material science, media technology, engineering, art history, and conservation. The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, will host its first ever TBM symposium on May 20-22, 2018 at the Institute of Fine Arts. The symposium will promote education and training opportunities for TBM as a new specialization within art conservation and will provide a forum for educators, artists, art historians, museum curators and directors, collectors, gallerists, engineers, computer scientists, and conservators to foster TBM art conservation as a discipline on an international level. Read more

April 3, 2018

Pope.L, Jennifer Russell, and Rachel G. Wilf Join New York University Institute of Fine Arts’ Board of Trustees

Marica Vilcek, chair of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce the addition of three new members of the Institute’s Board of Trustees. Pope.L, artist and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago; Jennifer Russell, former associate director for exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and alumna of the Institute; and Rachel G. Wilf, art historian and alumna of the Institute, join the Institute’s board, bringing a great wealth of knowledge and experience in the worlds of art and art history.

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April 2, 2018

Artnet: The Institute is Most Popular PhD Program for Museum Curators of Contemporary Art

What’s the Best Path to a Top Museum Job? We Analyzed the Training of 100 Curators to Find Out? "The most popular PhD program was the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, with three graduates: Carol Eliel of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nora Burnett Abrams of the MCA Denver, and Sabine Rewald of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Columbia University, the University of Delaware, and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York tied for second place with two PhD graduates each." Read more

February 8, 2018

The Institute Launches Annual Gayle Greenhill Lecture on Photography

The Institute of Fine Arts is pleased to announce that tonight it will host the first annual Gayle Greenhill Photography Lecture at the James B. Duke House. Gayle was widely recognized for her passionate advocacy of photography beginning in the early 80s, her adventuresome collecting, her generous gifts to many museums, and her esteemed leadership as a Trustee and Chair of the International Center of Photography. The Institute is honored to celebrate her legacy with the announcement of this annual lecture. Read more

January 30, 2018

The Institute's Conservation Center Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Image of Katherine Parks working on a Gut Skin Doll

Katherine Parks working on a Gut Skin Doll, Ruthelle Kingeekuk (1941-2007), mixed media, late 20th century, Yup'ik culture, Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Image courtesy: Amelia Catalano.

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.

October 30, 2017

The Institute Mourns the Loss of Linda Nochlin

Linda Nochlin

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.

Christine Poggi
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. Read more

August 7, 2017

The Institute Mourns the Loss of Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

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.

Patricia Rubin
Judy & Michael Steinhardt Director
The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

July 10, 2017

Aphrodisias on World Heritage List

Aphrodisias, Turkey

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

Christine Poggi

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

James Ackerman

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. Order online

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

Martha Friedman

“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

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

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

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

Art conservator investigating a computer motherboard

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

Conservation students in the objects conservation lab

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

November 1, 2015

The Fall 2015 Great Hall Exhibition Will Feature Work by Walead Beshty

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

September 28, 2015

Announcing "Helen Frankenthaler: A Symposium"

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 Nagel

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." Read more

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. Read more

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

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

Exhibition in the 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.

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. 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