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Job - Assistant/Associate Curator, Studio Museum Harlem

Posted by April Steele • Tuesday, April 19. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Assistant/Associate Curator
Studio Museum in Harlem
(New York NY)

An Assistant/Associate Curator executes all aspects of exhibition development and implementation at the highest professional standards, including research, writing, presentations, budgeting, coordination, etc.

Develops the collection, plans and executes both temporary exhibitions and collection-based exhibitions and projects, and organizes related programs with a special emphasis on art by artists of African descent.

• Writes, edits, and assists in the production of exhibition and educational publications.
• Works with the Chief Curator and the Director of Special Projects to organize Acquisition Committee and museum affiliate groups, contributing programming ideas with the aim to grow membership.
• Performs exhibition support functions and manages dispersal of exhibitions.
• Works with the Registrar and Exhibitions Manager on the maintenance of the collection and loans related to contemporary art, and expedites arrangements for custodial, registration, conservation, and preparation work as required for rotations and exhibitions.
• Functions as a liaison with outside persons and organizations, and with other departments within the Museum.

• Strong background in the history of modern and contemporary art and art by artists of African descent required.
• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in art history, and a minimum of 5 years work experience curating in a museum or gallery setting or comparable engagement with art in a related venue or field required.
• Advanced degree preferred.
• Supervisory experience and demonstrated project management skills required.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Imagination, creativity and initiative.
• Organizational ability to meet deadlines.
• Flexibility and problem-solving approach.
• Must have experience generating exhibition projects.
• Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team.
• Must possess an international perspective in the broadest sense, with equal awareness and curiosity about local, national, and international developments.
• Must have an international knowledge of the current art scene, including important emerging talent, and be an active figure in the cultural community.
• Must be able to work independently, but also to organize and direct the work of others on individual projects.

The Studio Museum in Harlem 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.

Send resume, cover letter and writing sample to: (at)

Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open positions.


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