This student-generated exhibition will unfold over thirteen ground-level windows of the Kimmel Center and will highlight the strengths of the Institute’s four-year program in conservation.

Two students working in art conservation
NYU graduate conservation students treat 14th-century gold-ground panel paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Saints Catherine of Alexandria and John the Baptist, Giusto de'Menabuoi, Georgia Museum of Art. The Crucifixion, Andrea di Bartolo, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery. Photo Credit: A. Catalano

The Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU has partnered with Kimmel Windows on NYU’s Washington Square campus to create Save Y/Our Past Today. This student-generated exhibition will unfold over thirteen ground-level windows of the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life and will highlight the strengths of the Institute’s four-year program in conservation.

Save Y/Our Past Today
underscores the importance of cultural heritage preservation, not just globally, but also at home. Each window represents one aspect of the Conservation Center’s mission to educate future conservators who will confront the challenges of preserving material memories. The windows will present topics developed by current graduate students ranging from practical tips on how to save family photographs and handle heirlooms, the science of pigment analysis and fading of colors, to the students’ work at archaeological excavations in the Mediterranean and NYU’s sumptuous Villa La Pietra in Florence. Save Y/Our Past Today will capture the attention of passersby through bold images, informative texts, and artifacts from the Conservation Center's Study Collection.

The exhibition will be on display in the Kimmel Windows from November 15, 2018 through January 15, 2019. There will also be a formal reception on Tuesday, November 20th from 6-8 p.m. at The Torch Club, located at 18 Waverly Place.

“We are very proud of our program in conservation and the distinguished roles our graduates play in preserving cultural history in major collecting institutions around the world,” said Christine Poggi, Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director of the Institute. “Thanks to this exhibition in the Kimmel Windows, we will be able to share with a broader University audience the specialized training taking place within our classrooms.”

Margaret Holben Ellis, Chair of the Conservation Center and Eugene Thaw Professor of Paper Conservation, commented, “Not only is this a wonderful opportunity to raise the visibility of art conservation but it also introduces our students to their future role as advocates for cultural heritage preservation.”

About the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

The Institute of Fine Arts is an international leader in research and graduate teaching, and committed to global engagement and advancing the fields of art history, archaeology, and the theory and practice of conservation. New York City, with its incomparable resources and vitality, provides a backdrop and extended campus for the Institute’s activities. Founded in 1960, the Conservation Center is the oldest degree-granting graduate program in art conservation in the United States. The Conservation Center offers a four-year, dual MA/MS graduate program combining training in conservation with historical, archaeological, curatorial, and scientific studies.

About the Kimmel Windows at New York University

Kimmel Windows, located at the heart of New York University, provides a venue for popular exhibits in thirteen large vitrines located along LaGuardia Place and West 3rd Street.

Established in 2003, Kimmel Windows offer the NYU community and beyond visually dynamic and thought-provoking exhibitions. The Windows Galleries offer curated exhibitions organized by faculty and students on many diverse themes.

Exhibitions are coordinated by Lead Curator Pamela Jean Tinnen (GSAS ‘11), with guidance provided by The Windows Steering Committee, consisting of NYU faculty in the arts.