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Job - Curator of Photography, New Orleans Museum of Art, deadline June 1

Posted by April Steele • Thursday, April 21. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) seeks a curator of photography. This person will oversee and manage the museum's extensive collection, and establish priorities for collections research and development, exhibition programming and interpretation. Additionally, the candidate will be expected to participate in scholarly and public programming activities (lectures, docent training, presenting papers, authoring articles, et al).

NOMA's photography collection, begun in the early 1970s, currently numbers over 8500 images and ranges in date from the invention of the medium to the present day. It is strong in the works of German and Czech avant-garde photography of the 1920s and early '30s; the Pictorialists in America and Europe; American Documentary photography, including the work of the Farm Security Administration and the New York Photo League; Louisiana photography as well as examples by major contemporary artists. Among the many artists represented in depth are Bernice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, E.J. Bellocq, Ilse Bing, Margaret Burke-White, Wynn Bullock, Imogen Cunningham, Harold Edgerton, Frederick Evans, Walker Evans, Andreas Feininger, Arnold Genthe, Laura Gilpin, John Gutmann, Lewis Hine, Andre Kertesz, Clarence John Laughlin, Aaron Siskind, August Sander, Patti Smith, Edward Steichen, Joseph Sudek, Edmund Teske, Jerry Uelsmann, James Van Der Zee, Edward and Brett Weston, and Joel Peter Witkin.

Many great photographers have worked in New Orleans, using the city as both subject and muse. New Orleans has been, and continues to be, the locus of a vibrant community of photographers and collectors. It is expected that the curator of photography will embrace opportunities to engage fully with this community.

Job Requirements

The successful candidate will have at least 3-5 years of curatorial experience dealing with research, exhibitions, acquisitions and collaborative programming and have a distinguished record of scholarly achievement. A PhD in art history with a specialization in the history of photography is preferred, and it is expected that the candidate will have expertise in areas that parallel the collection's strengths.

Salary and benefits are competitive.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, a current CV, references and a list of publications to:

To apply, please send resume to Shayne (at) or send to New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans, La 70124

Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2011, or until the position is filled.

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