The Museum of Modern Art in New York announced today that Kate Lewis has been appointed the chief conservator of its David Booth Conservation Center and Department. She succeeds James Coddington, who retired last December.
Lewis joined MoMA in 2013 as its media conservator. Prior to that, Lewis worked for eight years as a time-based media conservator at the Tate in London. Drawing on that experience, Lewis will oversee a five-year Andrew W. Mellon Foundation–funded initiative at the museum focused on developing preservation strategies for media-based works.
In a statement, MoMA’s director, Glenn D. Lowry, said he is “confident that Kate will provide exemplary leadership to the museum’s conservation department in order to ensure that its vital work will continue in advancing our state-of-the-art conservation program, and in developing the most innovative conservation practice and scientific research.”