A prominent conservator brings new areas for research and teaching to the NYU IFA program in conservation.

The Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center is pleased to welcome Lynda Zycherman as the 2021 Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor in Conservation and Technical Studies. Zycherman serves as Conservator of Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professorship in Conservation is awarded to a prominent conservator or scientist who brings new areas for research and teaching to the program in conservation. Zycherman will teach modern and contemporary sculpture conservation in the spring 2021 and will deliver a virtual public lecture during her tenure.

Christine Poggi, the Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director of the Institute of Fine Arts, said, “We are delighted to welcome Lynda to the Institute next year. Her impressive expertise gained through many years of technical research and hands-on practice will bring a new perspective to our objects conservation courses.”

Margaret Holben Ellis, Chair and Eugene Thaw Professor of Paper Conservation, notes, “Lynda’s specialization in sculpture conservation is a valuable addition to our program; we are so fortunate to be able to tap into local talent. Her research has expanded our material knowledge of modern sculpture and her unique and personal approach is an excellent model for our students to follow.”

Lynda Zycherman is Conservator of Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. She has over forty years’ experience examining and treating modern three-dimensional art and has particular expertise in metals conservation. She holds a BA from the City College of New York and an MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with an Advanced Certificate in Art Conservation. She formerly held conservation positions and fellowships at the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Corning Museum of Glass. Her most recent publication addresses the conservation of Larry Bell’s glass sculpture Shadows (1967). Lynda will teach a treatment course for conservation students on modern and contemporary sculpture conservation.

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 is 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 that combines training in conservation with historical, archaeological, curatorial, and scientific studies. For more information please contact: Margaret Holben Ellis, Chair and Eugene Thaw Professor of Paper Conservation, at [email protected]