Head Preparator

David Kordansky Gallery

Los Angeles, CA

David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA is seeking a full-time HEAD PREPARATOR

We are seeking a highly motivated, well organized, and team-oriented person who wants to be part of a rapidly growing, internationally renowned contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles, CA.  The Head Preparator position will be scheduled 5 days a week, Monday to Friday, but the applicant must be flexible and available outside of the designated days on an as needed basis.

This is a managerial position, and the applicant is required to have extensive prior experience working as a preparator and handling a variety of artwork at a contemporary art gallery or museum.

Primary responsibilities include directing and training a team of preparators and participating in the following duties:
  • Installation, maintenance, and de-installation of artworks for exhibitions, art fair presentations, photo shoots, and private viewings
  • Proper packing of artworks for storage and outgoing shipments
  • Proper unpacking of artworks for condition reporting and installation
  • Receipt and release of artworks
  • Local collection, transporting, and delivery of artworks
  • Client installs as needed
  • Construction of models for exhibitions and art fair presentations
  • Storage and supplies maintenance
  • General facilities maintenance, including, but not limited to, patching and painting, general clean-up, and disaster preparations
  • Fabrication of pedestals and t-frames, and other light carpentry

Qualifications include:

  • Extensive prior experience working as a preparator and handling a variety of artwork at a contemporary art gallery or museum
  • Ability to accurately install, maintain, and deinstall artworks of a variety of mediums, including, but not limited to sculpture, painting, works on paper, photographs, video, ceramics, etc.
  • Knowledge of basic construction and fabrication materials and methods
  • Experience driving up to 16 ft. box trucks
  • A/V experience preferred
  • Prior experience installing and deinstalling at art fairs preferred
  • Experience with Photoshop and other graphic and technical software preferred
  • High attention to detail
  • Able to efficiently lead, manage, and delegate to a team of preparators
  • Able to work independently
  • Capable of working successfully in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Superior crisis management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license

Salary based on qualifications and experience.

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume with the subject line “Head Preparator” to jobs@davidkordanskygallery.com.


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