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Colleagues & Friends: Kate Lewis

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Kate Lewis, Agnes Gund Chief Conservator of The David Booth Conservation Department at The Museum of Modern Art, is joined by Jennifer Hickey, Research Conservator at The Joan Mitchell Foundation for a conversation about their career paths, new directions in conservation, stewardship, and more.

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About Kate Lewis

Kate Lewis joined MoMA as Media Conservator in 2013, and was made Chief Conservator in 2017. She directs all aspects of conservation, including collection care, treatment, display, and scientific research. She currently leads a major initiative funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to address issues surrounding the long-term preservation of media-based works. A versatile museum conservator with two decades of experience across conservation specialties, including works on paper, photographs, and time-based media.

Kate volunteers for a number of international projects focused on education and advocacy, including the TechFocus Workshop series organized by the American Institute for Conservation’s Electronic Media Group; and Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA), a nonprofit organization addressing the production, presentation, and preservation of contemporary art through dialogue with artists. Prior to MoMA, Kate was at Tate, London. She received a BA in the History of Art from The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and MA in the Conservation of Works of Art on Paper from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle.

About Jennifer Hickey

Jennifer Hickey ensures the long-term preservation of the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s collection. She studies Mitchell’s materials and techniques to broaden understanding of the artist’s work and develop innovative approaches for addressing conservation questions. She currently volunteers on the board of Voices in Contemporary Art.

Jennifer’s past experience includes work at a number of leading conservation studios, both private and institutional: Cranmer Art Group, The Getty Conservation Institute, Modern Art Conservation, The Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Art, and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She received her MA in the History of Art and Archaeology with an Advanced Certificate in Art Conservation from the Conservation Center of The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.