David J. McCornack
Phone: 212 505 9618
Presently working under contract for the Monterey Museum of Art as an exhibit preparator. Under direction of curatorial,design and conservation staff, the prep crew deinstalls past exhibits, readies the gallery spaces for upcoming exhibits, and installs artwork securely to the high standards of the MMA. My first exhibition with them,"Rodin; Light and Shadow", presented many challenges in securing large, heavy and priceless bronzes.
Other shows I have been involved with have included the work of Chuck Close, installations by Andrew Schoultz and Motoi Yamamoto, and a wide variety of local artists.
Additionally, I work as a freelance model and moldmaker, and work with another preparator doing art installation for private homes and galleries.
Monterey Museum of Art
Molding and Casting
Senior Principal Preparator II
American Museum of Natural History
New York,New York
1989 - 2011
The American Museum has many large temporary and permanent exhibition spaces, and has generated and hosted numerous traveling exhibits.
The AMNH employs a large scientific, conservation and design staff, and has a phenomenal study collection of artifacts and biological specimens, and a huge reference library that enables a high production schedule.
The exhibit preparitors need to be capable of a wide variety of fabrication skills. The staff is skilled in the proper care and handling of specimens and artifacts, mount making, molding and casting, plastic, wood, and metal working as well as the maintenance of a shared workshop. Preparators work cooperatively with the Exhibition Graphics Department to make, install, and maintain signage and text for displays. They coordinate with facility operation staff to install and maintain exhibits, often working with outside institutions on traveling exhibits.
Art Handler, Shipping Department
Christie, Manson and Woods
New York,New York
1986 - 1989
Packed for shipment and courier handling a wide spectrum of precious artwork,delicate and priceless, ranging from antique clocks and Tiffany studios leaded glass works to works by Cassat, Van Gogh, Warhol,etc.
Monterey Sculpture Center
Sand City and Monterey,Ca.
Chasing and finishing of bronze castings ,mounting,polishing and restoring missing detail.Molding of patterns using silicone and urethane rubber,casting and finishing wax patterns,patination.
Parsons School of Design, New York City
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA
BFA in Sculpture 1983