The Exhibition Department organizes exhibitions that highlight the theater, music and dance collections of the Performing Arts Library. The Library has three galleries of different sizes.
The Installation Assistant helps prepare materials for exhibition, including matting and framing; installs artwork, photographs and documents; helps perform basic exhibition carpentry and fabrication; and undertakes related duties as required.
Under the direction of Curator of Exhibitions, the Installation Assistant will:
Design and create safe and supportive mounts, cradles, or brackets built of wood, metal, plexiglas and other materials according to proper museum standards for 2-D and 3-D artifacts, fabricates and positions labels.
Measure, install, and maintain all exhibition signage/graphics created out-of-house such as digital or silk-screened graphics.
Frame artwork, photographs, and documents.
Perform basic carpentry including demolition, wall repair, painting, and fabric wrapping.
Fabricate and construct exhibition components as instructed.
Ensure all artifacts for exhibition are safe and secure.
Assemble, install, and operate shop machinery, hand tools, shop and museum carts, materials’ handling vehicles, as necessary.
Perform routine exhibition maintenance including cases, platforms, and frames as needed.
Work with Supervisory Maintainer as necessary, regarding production elements including measurements, materials, fabrication methods and lighting.
Perform related duties as required.
Successfully demonstrated experience with artifact handling, exhibition installation techniques, mount making, and framing.
Demonstrated ability to handle detailed work with speed and accuracy.
Demonstrated knowledge of basic carpentry tools and machinery and an understanding of the practices of museum exhibition construction.
Demonstrated ability to follow written and oral instructions as to all aspects of exhibition installation.
Strong organizational skills. Good interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
Knowledge of Access and Sketchup.
Ability to read and work from sketches, shop drawings and/or architectural renderings.
Demonstrated knowledge of preservation practices.
All team members are expected and encouraged to embody the NYPL Core Values:
Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues
Be Resourceful in solving problems
Be Curious in all aspects of your work
Schedule will vary depending on exhibitions. Range of 3-5 exhibitions per year; work time can vary from 1 day to 6 weeks. Average time per exhibition: 5 days
Union / Non Union