Lecture: Lena Stringari
Art Building West, room 240
141 N. Riverside Drive, Iowa City
"Thoughts on Stewardship in the Twenty-First Century Museum"
The Stanley Museum of Art welcomes Lena Stringari to speak about her work as a conservator, educator, and museum leader. Stringari has transformed the stewardship of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum collection into an animating force to advance the mission of the twenty-first-century museum. She will discuss recent projects where the care of collections has led to significant contributions to the art-historical, theoretical, and scientific interpretations of the objects in the care of the Guggenheim.
Lena (Carol) Stringari is deputy director and chief conservator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, responsible for developing policy and procedures for the care and treatment of the collection. She was organizer of Jackson Pollock: Exploring Alchemy in 2017, a didactic exhibition designed to draw visitors into the world of an art conservator via one of Pollock’s earliest poured paintings, and Imageless: The Scientific and Experimental Treatment of an Ad Reinhardt Black Painting in 2008, the culmination of a long-term research project on the scientific analysis and experimental laser treatment of a damaged study painting by Ad Reinhardt. In 2004 she co-organized the exhibition Seeing Double: Emulation in Theory and Practice on the theme of variable media. She is also a founding member of the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art. Stringari has shared her expertise with students, serving as an adjunct professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and has lectured throughout the world on ethical considerations and the conservation of contemporary art.
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