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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.

New Hire: Rosemary Burk


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What is your official title, and what are some of your general responsibilities? 

My official title is development assistant. I support the director of development in all fundraising activities. On a typical day, I might be processing and acknowledging gifts, working on grant proposals and reports, attending meetings with potential sponsors, scheduling board committee meetings, or assisting with the planning of special events such as the upcoming Inventing the Modern World gala opening (October 12th, mark your calendars!). The best part of the job is being able to work closely with so many people—other CMA staff (curators, director, education, publications, etc.), board members, donors, as well as with our central development office which manages fundraising for all four Carnegie Museums. Never a dull moment!

What were you doing before joining us at CMA? 

Most recently I was living in Los Angeles and interning at the Getty Foundation, the philanthropic wing of the J. Paul Getty Trust. It was a wonderful experience, and I was able to work on both local and international funding initiatives, including Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980. Before that, I received my masters in art history and museum studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where I interned at MOCA Cleveland and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

What’s your favorite exhibition that you saw this past year (at any museum/event)?

I saw some great photography exhibitions this year—Cindy Sherman at MOMA, Francesca Woodman at the Guggenheim, and Herb Ritts at the Getty.

If you could steal one artwork from our collection, what would it be?

This would require much more stealth and guile than I possess, but I’d like the entire Hall of Architecture! Or, if I’m feeling less ambitious, I’d settle for this tiny, beautiful dining room from our Collection of Miniatures (from our Instagram):

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Your favorite timewasters?