September 6th, 2019
Recent Appointments and Promotions at the Conservation Center
Yvonne Rose Shashoua has joined the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts for the fall 2019 semester as the Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor in Conservation and Technical Studies. She is teaching The Conservation Science of Plastics and will deliver a public lecture on November 18 at 6:30 PM in the Duke House Lecture Hall. Professor Shashoua holds a PhD in plastics deterioration from the Technical University of Denmark, a Diploma in Management in Museums from the Industrial Society (London), and a BSc with Honours in Industrial Chemistry from the City University of London. Alongside her appointment at the IFA, Professor Shashoua is a senior researcher at the National Museum of Denmark and leads the EU Horizon 2020 research project NANORESTART on the lifecycles of plastics. She has 20 years of experience and over 100 peer-reviewed articles in plastics research. Professor Shashoua has served as a guest lecturer at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, the Universities of Oslo, Gothenburg, and Gotland, Metropolia University (Finland), the Canadian Conservation Institute, and the Getty Conservation Institute.
August 29, 2019
The Institute of Fine Arts to present ‘Glossolalists’
featuring Sarah Peters
The Institute of Fine Arts at NYU is pleased to present its fall show, Glossolalists, featuring work by the New York-based artist Sarah Peters. The exhibition proudly continues a commitment to present the work of mid-career women artists at the Institute’s James B. Duke House. Peters’ figurative art emerges from her interest in the formal sculptural practices of distinct historical periods, from ancient to modern, resulting in a unique visual language. Set within the building’s beaux-arts interior, her sculptures resonate with the Great Hall’s marble floors, gilded wrought iron details, and Neoclassical statues.
June 28, 2019
The Institute's Conservation Center Awarded a $1,375,000 Grant From the Kress Foundation
The Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center has been awarded a $1,375,000 grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to support the longstanding Kress Program in Paintings Conservation, inaugurated in 1989. The award sustains the unique partnership between the two organizations, which serves to educate the next generation of Old Master painting conservators and the conservation and research of invaluable artworks in the dispersed Kress Collection.
The new five-year grant cycle of the Kress Program in Paintings Conservation will expand to include Assistant Conservator and Research Scholar Shan Kuang; a Kress Fellow in Painting Conservation; a graduate student fellowship in memory of the late conservator Mario Modestini; supplemental hands-on workshops; an annual Kress Lecture; and the development of the Kress Collection Web Project. The latter will document, share, and archive the work of the program to date, with the goal of disseminating and providing free access to technical scholarship on paintings from all Italian Schools.
June 25, 2019
The Institute's Conservation Center feaured in Popular Mechanics
This year, two people will receive master’s degrees in the curriculum from New York University. It might not seem like much, but they’re the first with that type of specialization. Most time-based media conservators were trained in other media and ultimately fell into the field.
Glenn Wharton, for example, was trained as a sculpture conservator before moving into time-based media at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). He’s now the professor of museum studies at NYU.
“The first person was hired to do something like this in 2005,” Wharton says. “Now there are about a dozen. I think we need about 100. There’s a huge need, and it’s growing fast.”
April 22, 2019
The Institute of Fine Arts has named Rick Kinsel to the Institute’s Board of Trustees
The Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Kinsel to the Institute’s Board of Trustees. Kinsel brings to the Institute his vast experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors, his broad global network, as well as his important work as a curator.
Kinsel is the president of the Vilcek Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of immigrant contributions to the United States and to fostering appreciation of the arts and sciences.
April 17, 2019
Recognizing the Importance of Preserving Humanity’s Material Heritage
The community of staff, students, and professors at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, was devastated to learn that a fire has ravaged parts of Notre Dame, the cathedral of Paris for nine centuries and a beloved monument for many around the world. We also watched with concern the news of the fire at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and we are relieved that it was stopped before extensive damage occurred. Our thoughts are also with the communities of the historically African-American churches of Saint Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre, and Greater Union Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas, torched in a hate crime some weeks ago. Our Institute is dedicated to the preservation and study of humanity’s material heritage in recognition of the role of our monuments in forming collective memory and communities. Through our teaching, our research, and our public outreach, we support the efforts to restore these and other monuments, so that their history may extend into the future.
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April 29, 2019
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April 12, 2019
National Endowment for the Humanities Awards the Conservation Center $200,000 in Support of Graduate Student Fellowships
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Institute's Conservation Center $200,000 to fund eight graduate student fellowships in the conservation of cultural heritage.
Read more about the ational Endowment for the Humanities gift [opens in new window]
March 18, 2019
Okwui Enwezor: An Appreciation, by Shelley Rice
Early in the morning of March 15 – the Ides of March – we lost a friend and colleague of huge stature and import. The extraordinary curator, writer and educator Okwui Enwezor died of cancer in Munich, where he had been Director of the Haus der Kunst from 2011 to 2018.
March 5, 2019
The Conservation Center Appoints Yvonne Rose Sashouia and Lucy Commoner to Faculty as 2019-2010 Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professors
The Institute's Conservation Center is pleased to
welcome Yvonne Rose Shashoua and Lucy Commoner as the 2019–2020 Judith
Praska Distinguished Visiting Professors in Conservation and Technical Studies.
Shashoua, a senior researcher for the National Museum of Denmark, and Commoner,
Conservator Emerita at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, will teach in the
Conservation Center’s dual MA/MS program in Conservation and Art History and
Read more about the 2019-2010 Praska Professors [opens in new window]
February 27, 2019
The Institute Receives $1 Million Gift to Endow Fellowship in Memory of Harriet Griffin
February 20, 2019. Christine Poggi, Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director of the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU, is pleased to announce the establishment of an endowment fund to support a student fellowship in the name of Harriet Griffin. This extraordinary gift was made possible by the vision and generosity of Graeme Whitelaw in honor of his late wife.
Harriet Griffin was an art dealer specializing in 19th and 20th century art who had an eye for the innate quality of a work. She began her career as
a high school teacher after completing a degree from Brooklyn College.
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February 19, 2019
The Conservation Center Awarded Grant from Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation
The Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center at NYU has received a $25,000 gift from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation to support a student fellow entering the graduate program in the newly-established specialization in Time-based Media Art Conservation in the 2019–2020 academic year.
The specialization in Time-based Media Art Conservation was launched in September 2018 to support the study of technical, scientific, and historical aspects of artworks characterized by a durational element. The curriculum includes interdisciplinary coursework and internship placements in computer science, material science, media technology, engineering, art history, and conservation.
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January 30, 2019
Norbert S. Baer to Retire from the Institute of Fine Arts’ Conservation Center
Norbert S. Baer, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Conservation at the Institute of Fine Arts’ Conservation Center at NYU, will retire at the end of the 2019 spring semester after 50 years of research and teaching materials science applied to the preservation of cultural heritage. Baer began teaching at the Center in 1969 and in 1986 was named Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Conservation. In addition to numerous senior administrative positions, he assumed overall responsibility for the programming and construction of the Stephen Chan House, home of the Conservation Center.
Baer has served in an advisory capacity to important agencies including the American Research Center in Egypt, the Indo-U.S. Sub-commission on Education and Culture, the U.S. National Archives, the European Commission Directorate on Environmental Research, and the Committee on Natural Disasters. Thanks to a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1983–1984, Baer turned his attention to larger issues of preservation policy, in particular, the introduction of concepts of risk management to the conservation of cultural materials. One manifestation of that approach was the development of a program for the prestigious Dahlem Conference on Rational Decision-Making in the Preservation of Cultural Property leading to the same-titled report, edited with Folke Snickars, in 2001.
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December 17, 2018
The Institute of Fine Arts Announces Transformative Gift to Endow the Marica and Jan Vilcek Curatorial Program
By endowing this program, Marica and Jan Vilcek have ensured in perpetuity the Institute’s position as the premier school in the training of curators for the global arts community.
Christine Poggi, Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director of the Institute of Fine Arts, is pleased to announce the establishment of the Marica and Jan Vilcek Curatorial Program, made possible by the vision and generosity of Marica Vilcek, chair of the Institute of Fine Arts Board of Trustees, and her husband, the renowned scientist Jan Vilcek. Read the press release about the Jan and Marica Vilcek Curatorial Program and visit the Curatorial Program webpage.
October 16, 2018
The Institute and The Metropolitan Museum of Art to host
"ART BIO MATTERS 2018"
ART BIO MATTERS 2018 – hosted by the Institute of Fine Arts and The Metropolitan Museum of Art – will bring together scientists, curators/art historians, and conservators to explore directions for the analysis of biological materials in works of art. The group will consist of stakeholders from each discipline, who will engage in a directed dialogue in order to: 1. Investigate the potential role of new analytical approaches in the study of biological material found in artworks; 2. Listen and learn about findings of relevance to conservators, curators/art historians, and cultural heritage scientists; 3. Discuss case studies in biological materials analysis and evaluate their success. Read more about Art Bio Matters
September 24, 2018
The Conservation Center Appoints Harriet Straits and Jim Coddington The 2018-19 Judith Praska Distinguidhed Professors in Conservation and Technical Studies
The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU today announced the appointments of Harriet Stratis and Jim Coddington as the 2018-19 Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professors in Conservation and Technical Studies. Stratis will join the Institute in Fall 2018 and will teach On Paper: Artists’ Methods and Materials in Context. Coddington will offer a course on Materials and Meaning in Abstract Expressionism in Spring 2019.
The Praska Professorships were inaugurated in Fall 2012 through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Inspired by the Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professorship, the position is awarded to two prominent conservators or scientists who bring new areas for research and teaching to the program. In addition to coursework, Stratis and Coddington will each give a lecture scheduled for October 15, 2018 and March 4, 2019, respectively. Read more about 2018-2019 Praska Professors
September 20, 2018
The Institute of Fine Arts to open Graphic Objects: Elaine Lustig Cohen’s Sculptural Works on October 19
The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Great Hall Exhibition Series will present Graphic Objects: Elaine Lustig Cohen’s Sculptural Works, a solo exhibition featuring works by artist and graphic designer Elaine Lustig Cohen. Opening October 19, 2018 and on view through February 24, 2019, the installation generates a vibrant dialogue with the neoclassical interior of the Duke House, reflecting the artist’s personal and professional engagement with the history of art and design.
The exhibition illuminates Lustig Cohen’s ventures beyond the picture plane, presenting a selection of reliefs and box-like sculptures. While the reliefs rupture the flatness of the artist’s distinctive graphic designs, the boxes transpose them onto freestanding forms. Three colorful panels with hanging reliefs, taken directly from the artists studio, enhance the visual effect of the exhibition. Read more about the exhibition, and read essays about the work by Institute students
September 10, 2018
Announcing the "Save Y/Our Past Today" Exhibition
The Conservation Center 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. Read more About the Conservation Center's exhibition
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
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.
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
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
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
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. 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
“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
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
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
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