Carol Stringari Appointed Chief Conservator


(NEW YORK, NY, September 24, 2007) Marc Steglitz, Interim Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, announced today the appointment of Carol Stringari as Chief Conservator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, a newly created position in the Conservation Department, effective immediately. Ms. Stringari, who was previously Senior Conservator, has been in the Conservation Department at the Guggenheim since 1992.


As Chief Conservator, Ms. Stringari is responsible for assessing and developing policy and procedures for the care and treatment of the collection in New York. Working closely with the conservation and curatorial staffs, she will identify significant areas of research and treatment priorities, and develop an ongoing scientific program for the analysis and study of modern and contemporary materials. She will also oversee the loan and exhibition conservation program in New York, working with the staff to assess risk and develop guidelines for safe travel and installation, as well environmental conditions and proper storage for the collection. Additionally, Ms. Stringari will lead an institutional initiative to garner support for upgrading the conservation laboratory as well as building the conservation staff.


Ms. Stringari will report to Nancy Spector, Chief Curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, who said of the appointment, "We are thrilled that Carol has taken on this newly created management position. With her scholarly background, exceptional technical skills, and international reputation, she will insure the growth and visibility of our already excellent Conservation Department."


Ms. Stringari is a leading expert in the field of contemporary art conservation. She has lectured and published on various topics including the variable media initiative, installation art, acrylic paint formulations and minimalist painting conservation. Since 2001, Ms. Stringari has been project manager on the AXA Reinhardt Project, an unprecedented research study in collaboration with the conservation department at The Museum of Modern Art in which the study, analysis, and experimental treatment of an irreparably damaged painting by Ad Reinhardt, Black Painting (1960–66), was donated to the Guggenheim Museum Study Collection by AXA Art Insurance. The project is designed to develop conservation technologies that can be applied to the challenging conservation of Minimalist or monochromatic works. She has been testing current laser technology with scientists in Holland and Greece, and has published on the topic.


Ms. Stringari has played a key role in formulating and implementing the Variable Media Project at the Guggenheim Museum, an innovative methodology for documenting conceptual and ephemeral works for long-term preservation, working with contemporary artists to gain a thorough understanding of the conceptual underpinnings of their work, in addition to their material nature. She co-curated an exhibition specifically on this theme in 2004, entitled Seeing Double: Emulation in Theory and Practice.

In addition to her museum work, for which she is widely recognized, Ms. Stringari has lectured and published extensively. She is a founding member of the International Institute for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (INCCA), has served on various panels and advisory boards for the preservation of new media and public art, and has lectured as an adjunct professor at New York University. Carol holds a BA in art history from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS in Conservation from the Winterthur Museum. Before her tenure at the Guggenheim, she worked at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, as a painting conservator from 1986–92. She has also worked on numerous on-site projects in Europe, including the implementation of the inaugural exhibition of the Guggenheim Bilbao.

September 24, 2007

Betsy Ennis
Director of Public Affairs
Telephone: 212 423 3840


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