Meet the Conservators
Julie Barten, Conservator of Collections and Exhibitions
Julie Barten joined the Guggenheim in 1994. Since then, she has worked on several conservation projects, including the treatment and research of both modern and contemporary paintings in the collection, including substantial work on minimalist works in the Panza Collection by artists such as Robert Ryman and Brice Marden. She also has had extensive involvement in numerous exhibitions organized by the museum, helping to ensure that both loaned and collection works are safely and appropriately transported and installed. Julie received a B.A. in Art History from Yale University and an M.A. in Art History and Certificate in Conservation from New York University, Institute of Fine Arts.
Gillian McMillan, Senior Conservator, Collections
Gillian McMillan has been a Guggenheim conservator since 1984. She has conducted numerous technical and scientific examinations and has led the conservation and restoration of many paintings of the early modern period from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection and the Thannhauser Collection, including signature works by Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Edouard Manet, Pablo Picasso, and Vasily Kandinsky. Gillian holds a postgraduate diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings from Gateshead Technical College in the United Kingdom. She interned at Oberlin College, Ohio.
Nathan Otterson, Conservator, Sculpture
Nathan Otterson has been a Guggenheim conservator since 2005. He has undertaken the examination, scientific documentation, and treatment of the Guggenheim Museum’s modern and contemporary sculpture collection, and most recently of works by Matthew Barney, Joseph Beuys, and Alexander Calder. He received his Master’s degree in the Conservation of Artistic and Historic Artifacts at State University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, and his Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art (painting) from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota.
Carol Stringari, Chief Conservator
Carol Stringari has been with the Guggenheim since 1992. She oversees the treatment and care of the permanent collection, exhibitions, and loans. Her specialties include modern and contemporary painting conservation, research on contemporary materials, installations, new media, and conceptual art. She has headed such conservation projects as the research of the laser cleaning of a monochromatic painting by Ad Reinhardt, conservation of the works of László Moholy-Nagy, and the Variable Media Initiative. A contributor to numerous publications, she was also the co-curator of Seeing Double: Emulation in Theory and Practice at the Guggenheim in March 2004. Carol received a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from University of Pennsylania and a Master’s Degree in Art Conservation from University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum Program.
Jeffrey Warda joined the Guggenheim Conservation department in 2006. Since then he has been involved in the care and treatment of collection works on paper and photographs. Jeffrey is the chair of both the Electronic Media Specialty Group (2006–2008) and the Digital Photographic Documentation Task Force (2007–2008) of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. He received his MA and Certificate of Advanced Study in art conservation from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo, and holds a BA in art history from Bard College.