Art Curator/Registrar, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, LA

Art Curator/Registrar

With more than 1,000 lawyers in 13 offices worldwide, O’Melveny & Myers LLP helps industry leaders across a broad array of sectors manage the complex challenges of succeeding in the global economy. We are a values-driven law firm, guided by the principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship. Our commitment to these values is reflected in our dedication to improving access to justice through pro bono work and championing initiatives that increase the diversity of the legal profession. Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, O’Melveny’s Los Angeles office is the firm’s largest office and home to more than 250 lawyers. We have an immediate opening for an Art Curator/Registrar to oversee the firm’s collection of over 2,900 photographs, graphic works on paper, paintings and sculptures.

Duties include on-going, continual research for affordable, quality art appropriate for OMM offices, both domestic and international, obtained by visiting dealers, galleries, publishers and artist studios to assemble collections of work; providing artist biographical and exhibition provenance, press releases and explanatory information pertaining to media and technique; preparing detailed presentations and meeting with designers and architects to discuss art, furniture, plant placement and lighting of existing space and expansions; offering art tours, discussing the collection’s history, media techniques and processes, and discourse of specific pieces for OMM personnel, institutions and private organizations; maintaining the integrity of the collection by monitoring condition of art and frames to provide periodic cleaning, conservation and upgrading of mounts and frames, and scheduling of appropriate repairs; preparing and maintaining a comprehensive budget and finance report for the collection, detailing all related expenses and activities, with projections for future needs and developing budgets and formulas for calculations related to costs and quantity of artwork needed per square foot of office space; working closely with frame designers to assure that attention is paid to every detail in complying with archival framing specifications for each piece of artwork; coordinating insurance, transport, storage and installations with local art handler firms; organizing documents for customs, duty and Value Added Tax for international shipping, insurance, transport and hiring of foreign art handlers; maintaining detailed records of activities and reports to the Art Committee by memoranda and conference calls every two months; other duties as needed.

Requirements include experience in evaluating art quality, printing techniques and medium with a developed eye for design and installation placement, as well as experience in maintaining a collection, requisite records and cataloguing, including registration techniques, labeling and use of a digital camera. Must be knowledgeable with computers (posting art for viewing; cataloguing; preparing financial reports). Must have superior communication skills, both written and verbal, and strong organizational and interpersonal skills with an ability to organize and direct crews of installers and art handlers. The ability to exhibit initiative and follow through on projects, negotiate discounts with dealers and publishers before acquisitions are made and travel, both domestically and internationally, is required. Must possess a Bachelor of Arts’ and/or graduate degree in Art History, with classes in Museum Studies and Gallery Design or equivalent experience by working in a gallery or museum environment, maintaining and managing a large collection of fine art.

We offer an excellent salary and benefits package. For consideration, please submit your resume in MS Word form to; Fax: 213-430-7857; 400 S. Hope Street, Suite 2001, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Visit us at Response will be given to candidates who closely meet our qualifications. EOE M/F/D/V. No phone inquiries, please.

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