Jane Farver, Art Curator and Visiting Lecturer at AAP NYC, Dies While Working in Venice

Student and Farver looking at exhibit in an ambient blue light

Anna Warfield (B.F.A. '17) and Jane Farver at the New Museum in New York City during the spring 2015 semester. photo / Veronica Constable (B.F.A. '17)

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May 1, 2015

On April 30, Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) learned of the sudden death of Jane Farver, a renowned curator who had been teaching a professional practice course to B.F.A. students at AAP NYC this semester. Farver began teaching for the college in 2013, and was recently mentoring students for the art department's internship program.

"We in the Department of Art are greatly saddened by Jane Farver's death," says associate professor and art department chair Michael Ashkin. "Jane's students will remember her for the deep understanding of today's art world that she possessed, and the generosity with which she shared her years of accumulated experience and knowledge. We share the sense of loss felt by the larger community of which she was such a benevolent and important figure."

"Jane's passion for sharing her knowledge with young students made her contributions to Cornell both profound and immeasurable," says Robert Balder, executive director of AAP NYC. "Her generosity and insight will surely influence our artists for generations."

According to ArtNet, Farver passed away in Venice where she was working on her presentation for the American Pavilion of the Venice Biennale. See ArtNews's story about Farver's death for more information about her career.