Picture Perfect Opportunity.
“Lola! Hurry up, Michael is almost done with his presentation!” “I’m coming, I’m coming, I just have to put the finishing touches… on… this… last, DONE!” “Great, now get your ass in here.” “And now, we will hear from Lola Spears, the curator designing our feature display.” “Thank you all for coming, so, for our new display, I wanted to create one visual presentation using 3 separate pieces all from different artists. This incredible Mosely piece would be positioned here next to the beautiful Hannagan piece, and then we’d set this amazing Dorothy Lewrant right next to it here,” “ahh I see, even though these are three separate pieces, it almost looks as if they are connected.” “Yes exactly. Separately, each piece has its own unique story to tell, but together, they create something amazing visually, and that’s what I’d like to showcase. These are three different artist, but when you put them side by side it could be assumed that this display was created by one person, however, each individual artist would get their recognition of course.” “I see, and that would influence buyers to purchase all three pieces as well,” “Hahaha, well yes, there is that. So, what do you think?” “Hmm, I like it. Let’s get it done.” “Great! Thank Ms. Allard.” “Alright, that will be all everyone.”
“Girl, I don’t know how you do it, but as long as I’ve worked under Louise Allard, I’ve never seen her accept an idea from a curator without making a few modifications of her own first, especially not one as fresh as you, yet somehow she never makes a single change to any of yours; amazing.” “You know, they call her the “Allard Wall” because of how strict and guarded she is,” “I mean, maybe she is a little hard sometimes, but I think as long as we can show her the vision and have it make sense,” “and money!” “hahaha, and money, then she shouldn’t have reason to make any adjustments, right?” “Whatever girl, just keep doing what you’re doing.” Ring, Ring, Ring, Lola looks at her phone and starts to smile. “Ooo, I know that look.” “I’m going to lunch now.” “Mhm, who’s eating who?” “Be back here in an hour to finish assembling that display please!” “Yeah, yeah.”
“Hello?” “Hey, I’m outside,” “okay, I’m grabbing my things and heading out now. I’ll see you in a minute,” “alright.” Click. “Lola, do you have a minute?” Lola looks at her watch, “Of course, Ms. Allard.” She enters her office and takes a seat, “I hope I wasn’t interrupting anything,” “oh no, I was just on my way to lunch.” “Okay, well I won’t hold you for long, this will only take a minute. Lola, you’ve been here for what, a little over 3 years and you’ve brought in over 33% more revenue than some of my most praised curators, that’s very impressive.” “Oh, well thank you ma’am, I really appreciate that.” “So, here’s the deal, we are opening a new Gallery in New York, the head exhibitioner has seen both your numbers and your displays, and he likes what you can do. They would like to open with you as their head curator.” “What?! M-me? But I-” “Listen, there are a lot of people out there who think they are great judges of beauty, but not many people can do what you do. You not only have an eye for beautiful pieces of art, but you reveal a story behind each piece making them even more beautiful. I got into this line of work because art is my passion, but over the years, it has become more about what can sell… but you, you don’t care about the money,” “Well I, ” “And that is what makes you great. You see more than how much a piece is worth and focus on how the piece makes you feel; that is what being a curator is truly about. Now, you don’t have to make a decision now, but I will need an answer by the end of the month okay?” “Yes, yes ma’am…” “Good, now off to lunch you go.” “Right, thank you, thank you so much!” “Mhm.” Lola leaves the office flustered and makes her way outside.
“I was wondering if something happened to you on the way out,” “I know, I’m sorry, my boss asked to speak with me right as I was walking out of my office.” “Is everything okay? You look a little,” “Yeah, everything’s great actually; I guess I just need to calm down some.” “Okay, okay, we can talk about it over lunch, where do you want to go?” “Um, there’s this nice spot not too far from here, they have the best grilled chicken wraps, want to try it?” “Yeah, that’s fine with me.” “Thank you again for treating me to lunch Eric,” “It’s no problem, thank you for accepting my invitation.”