Carol Stringari

Deputy Director and Chief Conservator

Carol Stringari joined the Guggenheim staff in 1992. She is responsible for assessing and developing policies and procedures for the care and treatment of the collection. Working closely with the conservation and curatorial staffs, she identifies priorities and oversees research and treatment. She manages conservation for a global loan and exhibition program, working with the staff to assess risk and develop guidelines for safe travel and installation, as well as for environmental conditions and the proper storage of the collection. She has led an initiative to garner advocacy for conservation by establishing the Conservation Council, and is overseeing the design of a new satellite lab at the museum. She has carried out research and treatment on a wide range of artworks, including works by Vincent van Gogh, László Moholy-Nagy, Robert Ryman, Bruce Nauman, and Ad Reinhardt.

Stringari played a key role in formulating and implementing the Guggenheim's Panza Collection Conservation Initiative as well as the Variable Media Initiative. The Variable Media Initiative is an innovative methodology for documenting conceptual and ephemeral works for long-term preservation that involves working with contemporary artists to gain a thorough understanding of the conceptual underpinnings and material nature of their work. She co-organized an exhibition specifically on this theme in 2004, titled Seeing Double: Emulation in Theory and Practice. In 2008, Stringari organized the exhibition Imageless, the culmination of a long-term research project on the scientific analysis and experimental laser treatment of a damaged study painting by Reinhardt. She is a founding member of the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art and is an adjunct professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Stringari holds a BA in art history from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS from the art conservation program at Winterthur Museum/University of Delaware. Before her tenure at the Guggenheim, she worked at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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