Kate Lewis has been appointed the new Agnes Gund Chief Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Lewis has worked at MoMA since 2013, when she was hired as media conservator. Previously, she served eight years as a time-based media conservator at the Tate in London, from 2005-2013. In her new position as Chief Conservator, Lewis will continue to oversee a five-year initiative, begun in 2016, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for long-term preservation strategies of media-based works.
Lewis’s past experience also includes collaboration in international projects focused on education and advocacy, such as the TechFocus Workshop series organized by the American Institute for Conservation’s Electronic Media Group, providing detailed technical education in media art, and the nonprofit Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA) addressing the production, presentation, and preservation of contemporary art through dialogue with artists. Lewis succeeds James Coddington, who retired December 2016.