Kimberly Tarr

Visiting Assistant Arts Professor; Associate Director, MIAP

Visiting Assistant Arts Professor Kimberly Tarr

Kimberly Tarr is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies and serves as the Associate Director of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) program. For more than a decade, she has been responsible for developing strategies to ensure the long-term care of film, video, and audio collections held in NYU Libraries and Special Collections, managing the media preservation program's operations and overseeing the digitization labs. Prior to this, she held positions at the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the New York Public Library. Tarr has been instrumental in preserving and restoring feature films, including The Grim Game (1919), the first feature film to star Harry Houdini, and Shu Lea Cheang's eco-feminist feature, Fresh Kill (1994). She earned her undergraduate degree in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Arts from New York University's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) program. Since 2012, she has been teaching the MIAP internship seminar and enjoys working with students to explore the theory and practice of media preservation.