The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation : Researcher and Imaging Associate
The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, established and endowed by the artist during her lifetime (1928–2011), became active in 2013, on the closing of Frankenthaler’s estate. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting greater public interest in and understanding of the visual arts. It supports the artist’s legacy through a variety of initiatives, including exhibitions, loans of artworks, research and publications, conservation, grants, educational programs for the public and the scholarly community, and through the Helen Frankenthaler Catalogue Raisonné, LLC, the publishing of a catalogue raisonné. As the principal beneficiary of Frankenthaler’s estate, the Foundation’s holdings include an extensive collection of works by other artists, and original papers and materials pertaining to her life and work.
Persistently experimental and courageous over some sixty years, Frankenthaler produced an impressive oeuvre comprising paintings on canvas and paper, as well as ceramics, sculptures, tapestries, and prints.
The catalogue raisonné will record works in all the above mediums other than prints, and will document information relevant to each artwork—detailed histories of ownership, exhibitions, and publications.
The full-time Researcher and Imaging Associate will assess and manage image files and will assist with the cataloguing of Helen Frankenthaler’s paintings, ceramics, sculptures, and tapestries and the collection of provenance, exhibitions, and literature references.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Develop plan to upload image files to relational database in collaboration with the Director and the Project Manager of the Catalogue Raisonné, Archivist, Director of Collections, and Collections and Visual Resources Manager
• Assess quality of images for publication in forthcoming catalogue raisonné
• Create and oversee an image log
• Initiate and maintain strict standards for file formatting, naming conventions, and metadata entry in relational database
• Aid with backup and preservation of digital assets
• Assist with requesting images from external sources and coordinate new photography as needed
• Conduct research to fill in gaps in ownership histories and to complete exhibition and literature references using the Foundation’s archives, as well as outside archives and libraries
• Contact private collectors, museums, auction houses, and galleries to obtain information about artworks by Frankenthaler
• Input data into relational database with meticulous attention to detail and update paper files
QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS REQUIRED
• Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Museum Studies, or related field with four or more years work experience; Master’s degree preferred
• Advanced knowledge with scanning equipment and imaging software
• High level of proficiency and comfort with relational databases; past experience with Collective Access is a plus
• Extensive research experience in libraries and archives; past experience handling archival materials
• Excellent organizational and communication skills
• Ability to work independently and as well as collaboratively with accuracy and consistency
• Capacity to prioritize workload and complete multiple tasks with time constraints
• Professional and pleasant demeanor
• Honesty and confidentiality essential
• Prior experience working on a catalogue raisonné or on other scholarly publications desirable
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter by February 28, 2019.