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New Director Appointed at Harvard Art Museums’ Conservation Center

The work done at the Harvard Art Museums’ Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies has been extra visible these past few months: The center’s pioneering technology was behind the museums’ recent Rothko exhibition, which used digital projections to recreate hues that had faded since the paintings were made.

Now, the center will have a new director: Narayan Khandekar. The senior conservation scientist in the Straus Center’s analytical laboratory since 2001, Khandekar replaces Henry Lie, who retired from the post at the end of last year.

The Harvard Art Museums’ Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies was founded in 1928. It currently provides analysis of and treatments to the approximately 250,000 objects in the museums’ collections.

Thomas W. Lentz, the director of the Harvard Art Museums (who, as it turns out, is stepping down from his role this summer) praised Khandekar: “With his institutional experience, deep scientific knowledge, intellectual curiosity, and naturally collaborative spirit, Narayan is the perfect choice to lead the Straus Center into its next chapter.”

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