Helen Frankenthaler and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation:
Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), whose career spanned six decades, has long been recognized as one of the great American artists of the twentieth century. She was eminent among the second generation of postwar American abstract painters and is widely credited for playing a pivotal role in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field
painting. Her work is represented in museum collections worldwide and has been the subject of numerous national and international exhibitions and substantial publications.
The New York City-based Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, established and endowed by the artist during her lifetime and newly active following the closing of her estate, is dedicated to promoting greater public interest in and understanding of the visual arts. For more information, visit: http://www.frankenthalerfoundation.org.
The archives comprise the personal papers and business records of Helen Frankenthaler, including correspondence, documents, exhibition files, gallery records, datebooks, photographs in numerous formats, sound and moving image materials, digital records, printed ephemera and some published works.
The Foundation’s archives program is in the early stages of being established; this is a new position. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Archivist will have the opportunity to participate in the hiring and supervision of additional staff and the move of the collection into a new facility, and will have direct responsibility for the full spectrum of processing, including arrangement, description and rehousing. Responsibilities will eventually include reference services to researchers, the management of digitization, and support for the catalogue raisonné team.
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
– Masters degree in Library Science or related field, with concentration in archives management;
– 6 to 8 years of experience as an Archivist, including substantial experience in the processing of archival collections;
– Knowledge of 20th and 21st century art and experience with artists’ archives;
– Knowledge of the prevailing standards and best practices of the archives profession, including EAD, DACS and relevant guidelines pertaining to access, preservation and security;
– Experience with digitization projects;
– Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and Mac computers;
– Excellent written and oral communication skills;
– Active participation in the archives profession;
– Ability to work both independently and in a team environment;
– Ability to lift cartons weighing up to 40 pounds.
Compensation and benefits:
Competitive salary and excellent benefits.
Send cover letter and resume to HumanResourcesHFF(at) No phone calls, please.
Application deadline: March 9, 2015. Appointment is anticipated around May 4, 2015.