New Hire: Kurt Christian


kurtredWhat is your official title, and what are some of your general responsibilities?  
My title is chief preparator, and I oversee the new department of Art Preparation and Installation (A.P.I.). This department deals with all aspects of art handling, installation, as well as collection care. The planning and coordination of these activities is a key component of my job function here.

What were you doing before joining us at CMOA?   
I was the head preparator at the Saint Louis Art Museum for seven years, where I oversaw installation, de-installation, packing and crating, object handling, and collection care, etc. Prior to my departure, and during my last four years at SLAM, a tremendous amount of my time was dedicated to the museum’s expansion and all of the activity that entailed (a huge amount of object movement as you would expect). Before Saint Louis I was the associate preparator at the Whitney Museum of American Art for eight years.

What’s your favorite exhibition that you saw this past year (at any museum/event)? 
Actually a group exhibition in Philadelphia of three painters comes to mind. The exhibition was at Larry Becker Gallery and included the work of Joseph Marioni, Peter Tollens, and Michael Toenges.

If you could steal one artwork from our collection, what would it be? 
I wouldn’t do that, nor even talk about it :)

Describe Pittsburgh in five words or less. 
Hmmm, I’m not sure I have a great sense of it just yet. “Just as I’d hoped for,” is accurate, and I mean that in a very positive way.

Favorite hobbies? Timewasters? Links?
Painting and reading are legitimate ones but I am also a huge fan of the nap if you can consider that an activity.

Indeed we do, Kurt.