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Job - Assistant Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Detroit Institute of Art, deadline January 7, 2012

Posted by April Steele • Wednesday, October 12. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The James Pearson Duffy Department of Contemporary Art at the DIA is responsible for painting, sculpture, and decorative arts made after 1950. This is an important public collection, installed in a major suite of galleries, presented thematically with frequent rotations. The search committee will consider candidates specializing in any aspect of contemporary art after 1950.

Job Requirements
The Assistant Curator will work under the direct supervision of the Head of the Department. The Assistant Curator will be expected to contribute to all aspects of departmental operations, including the development of new exhibitions, refreshing installations in the permanent galleries, research on the collections, acquisitions, deaccessions, conservation of objects, educational programs, donor cultivations, and the production and supervision of grant applications. The Assistant Curator will be expected to maintain and develop their scholarly expertise and contacts, and to disseminate the fruits of their original research via appropriate scholarly publications. He/she will perform other duties as assigned.

Candidates must have expertise in one or more areas in art made after 1950. A Ph.D. in contemporary practice or a related field is attractive; an M.A. is required. We are especially interested in candidates who have worked in a museum, gallery or comparable venue for at least two years, or have had equivalent experience working with living artists. Strong interpersonal skills; the ability to work successfully with cross-disciplinary teams; strong written and verbal communications skills; and strong organizational skills including the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment are essential.

We hope to begin the interview process in November 2011. We will accept applications until the position is filled. Salary and title commensurate with experience.

Please apply online at by sending a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief writing sample (no more than twenty double-spaced pages), and three professional references by close of business, January 7, 2012. THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
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