Modern and Contemporary Art Conservation

Students interested in a career in the conservation of modern and contemporary art will find that studying in New York City, the contemporary art center of the U.S., offers unrivalled opportunities in this growing field. Since 2004, when we offered our first courses in this specialty (Practical Problems of Preservation: Conservation of Modern & Contemporary Art, and Modern Art & Design Materials), students have typically added this specialty to one of the program’s majors: objects, paintings, or paper. Aside from work placements in area laboratories, such as the Guggenheim, Whitney, and MoMA, as well as independent studies in the conservation of modern and contemporary art, students may also take specialized seminars taught by area experts, such as Examination & Conservation of Modern & Contemporary Paintings I & II, Materials & Methods in Modern Art, Art With A Plug, The Conservation of Public Art, The Conservation of Installation Art, etc. These courses cover special topics in conserving the art of our times, including ethics, law, the need for artist interviews, modern art technologies, replication issues, and models for collaboration. Theoretical courses in contemporary art conservation complement the curriculum and are available to interested art history students as Foundations II electives.