The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Conservation Center will welcome Bertrand Lavédrine and Sarah Barack (’03) as Judith Praska Visiting Distinguished Professors in Conservation & Technical Studies 2022-2023. dr Lavédrine is a professor at the National Museum of Natural History, part of the Sorbonne University Alliance, and a researcher at the Center for Research in Conservation in Paris. He is an internationally recognized expert in the chemistry and conservation of photographs and the author of several books and articles on historical processes. Ms. Barack is Head of Conservation and Senior Objects Conservator at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. She is a respected glass and ceramics restorer with particular expertise in the restoration of modern design objects. dr Lavédrine and Ms. Barack will teach in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023, respectively.
The Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professorship, now in its tenth year, has brought eighteen scholars to the institute since 2012. Generously funded by an anonymous donor, the professorship recognizes outstanding conservationists who bring new areas of teaching and research to the Institute’s conservation program. dr Lavédrine will teach a course entitled Research & communication in nature conservation & science, while Ms. Barack will teach a high school course on the treatment of glass objects. Both will give public lectures during their tenure.
Professor Christine Poggi, Judy and Michael Steinhardt, Director of the Institute of Fine Arts, remarked: “These are excellent appointments for the Institute and we will be honored to have Dr. To have Lavédrine and Mrs. Barack as guests in the coming year. We look forward to enriching our course offerings with their expertise and continuing our world-class teaching and research in the field of art restoration.”
Professor Michele D. Marincola, Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Conservation and Chair of the Conservation Center, observed: “Bertrand’s knowledge of chemistry and its applications in a range of preventive conservation contexts will play an important role in our curriculum. His teaching experience, warm and welcoming personality, and in-depth knowledge are greatly appreciated by our community.” She added, “We are delighted to welcome Sarah back to our program this time as a faculty member. She is a seasoned museum professional, an expert in solving challenging problems in glass and ceramic conservation and a mine of knowledge about technology for design objects. We will benefit a lot from their time with us.”
Bertrand Lavedrine is a professor at Museum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN) and scientists at the Center de Recherche sur la Conservation (CRC) https://www.crc.mnhn.fr in Paris. He holds a master’s degree in organic chemistry and a doctorate in art and archeology from the Faculty of Humanities at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University. From 2003 to 2007 he was Director of the Conservation Training Program at the Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University. He has authored essays and books on the preservation of photographic collections, which are now available in several languages (French, English, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Vietnamese). dr Lavédrine also leads research on the characterization and degradation of plastics – he was coordinator of the EU-funded project POPART (Preservation Of Plastic Artifacts in Museum Collections) – and non-destructive identification of dyes and pigments used in manuscript illumination . He has participated in various international training programs funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Getty Conservation Institute, the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and research projects funded by the European Commission.
Sarah Barack is Head of Conservation and Senior Objects Conservator for the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Prior to her position at Cooper Hewitt, Ms. Barack worked for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and ran a private practice in object conservation. She holds an MA in Art History with a Certificate in Conservation from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center (’03) and an MBA from Columbia Business School (’09). An author of numerous articles in her fields, Ms. Barack has also served as Program Chair of the American Institute for Conservation Objects Specialty Group and Treasurer of the Board. She is a longtime educator who creates programs for K-12 curriculum and coordinates and teaches courses at the Conservation Center, including summer courses for college teachers interested in conservation and art history graduate students from around the country who want to share their knowledge of expanded the technical study of works of art.
About the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University
The Institute of Fine Arts is an international leader in research and graduate teaching and is committed to global engagement and advancement in the fields of art history, archaeology, and conservation theory and practice. New York City, with its unparalleled resources and vitality, provides a backdrop and an expanded campus for the Institute’s activities. Founded in 1960, the Conservation Center is the oldest art conservation graduate program in the United States. The Conservation Center offers a four-year dual MA/MS graduate program that combines education in conservation with historical, archaeological, curatorial, and scientific studies.
For more information, please contact Michele D. Marincola, Chair of the Conservation Center and Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Conservation, at firstname.lastname@example.org.