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Lynda Zycherman

Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
Lynda Zycherman is Conservator of Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. She received a B.A. from the City College of New York, an M.A. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and the Advanced Certificate in Certificate in Art Conservation from the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts. She interned at the Corning Museum of Glass and Metropolitan Museum. In 1975 she became a conservator at the Freer Gallery of Art, where her specialty was the technical examination of ancient Chinese material, especially the techniques of ceremonial bronze manufacture. With Elisabeth West FitzHugh, she discovered, identified, and characterized two, hitherto unknown, artificially produced Chinese pigments, Han blue and Han purple. Lynda made the 3,000-year leap from ancient technology to modern and contemporary sculpture in 1984, when she joined the Sculpture Conservation Laboratory at the Museum of Modern Art. Over the past 30 years at MoMA, she has researched a wide variety of topics including Matisse, The Back I – IV (bronze), Brancusi’s bronze sculptures, Picasso plaster sculpture, new methods for packing sculpture using laser scanning and 3-D printing, and the conservation of Jeff Koons’s work. She is currently researching Picasso's bronze sculptures.