Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Museum of Modern Art, New York seeking Curatorial Assistant

The Museum of Modern Art is currently accepting applications for a Curatorial Assistant in its Department of Painting and Sculpture to assist the department’s senior curators in all areas of their responsibilities such as research for exhibitions and publications, loans, acquisitions, collections records, bibliographic and biographical records and files, and general curatorial inquiries.
Specific responsibilities are as follows:

  • Researches and catalogs the Museum collection and archives as they relate to installation and exhibition matters and answers related inquiries.
  • Assists in research and preparation for potential acquisitions for the collection, including biographical and bibliographical research, maintains files, and communicates with dealers, galleries, collectors, and artists, as necessary.
  • Assists in the maintenance of the collection and loans, and expedites arrangements for custodial, registration, conservation, and preparation work as required in the gallery, study, and storage areas.
  • Assists senior curators with all aspects of exhibition research, planning, organization, and realization.
  • Writes, edits, and assists in the production of Museum publications and exhibition-related materials, including wall texts and extended object labels.
  • Performs exhibition support functions, including bibliographic and checklist research, loan correspondence, publication research and production, website development, and public program planning.
  • Functions as a liaison with outside persons and organizations, and with other departments within the Museum.
  • Conducts daily collection gallery inspections and daily inspection of works on view in temporary exhibitions and assists with follow-up arrangements in the event of damage, deterioration, etc.
  • Answers inquiries and conducts some gallery tours as necessary for visitors, etc.

Qualified candidates will possess a Master’s degree in art history with expertise in early-to-mid-century modern as well as contemporary art history, with a focus on work by black artists practicing in U.S. and international frameworks. Superior research and writing skills are essential. Strong knowledge of French desired. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and other standard office procedures and skills.

Please submit resume and cover letter, including salary requirements, to Please reference the position title/department in the subject line.

The Museum encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply.
The Museum of Modern Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.
August 2014

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