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Job: Curator, The Wolfsonian

Posted by Sofia Landström • Tuesday, March 12. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Curator, The Wolfsonian-FIU
Deadline: Accepts proposals until a suitable hire is found

The Wolfsonian–FIU is a museum and research center that promotes the examination of modern visual and material culture. The core of The Wolfsonian’s holdings is an extraordinary collection of decorative arts, fine arts, propaganda, architectural materials, and industrial and graphic design from the period 1885–1945. The United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands are the countries most extensively represented. There are also smaller but significant collections of materials from a number of other countries, including Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Hungary, Japan, and the former Soviet Union. The collection includes works on paper, furniture, paintings, sculpture, glass, textiles, ceramics, lighting and other appliances, and many other kinds of objects, as well as a rare books library with more than 45,000 items.

The Wolfsonian­–Florida International University seeks to hire an experienced curator to join its staff. The curator will share responsibility for cataloging, researching, interpreting, publishing, and caring for The Wolfsonian’s unique, vast, and diverse collection. We are looking for a candidate who can offer expert insight on that collection; develop exciting exhibitions based on the collection, as well as loan-based exhibitions; contribute to catalogs and other publications; participate in the revamping of our permanent collection galleries; write grants; identify and cultivate donors for collection development; and thrive in a culture that values research, teamwork, intellectual exploration, and innovation in engaging a broad audience.

The Curator:

Organizes, researches, and catalogs unique collection of European and American objects from the 1885-1945 period.
Develops exhibitions and publications. Contributes to or curates both collections-based and loan exhibitions, including object selection, overseeing conservation, completing documentation and providing object interpretation by writing labels, collateral text, and essays for publications.
Reviews collections offers, makes recommendations, and collaborates on collections development.
Meets with and respond to questions from press and general public, as needed.
Collaborates with the exhibition designer, exhibition manager, and registrars in facilitating exhibitions.
Gives gallery talks, lectures, panel discussions and VIP tours in support of exhibitions, educational projects or as needed.
Supports Development staff to identify and secure financial support for exhibition programs and operations, as needed.
Develops project-based budgets.
Conducts routine departmental administrative activities and other special projects.
Represents the institution at local and international meetings, symposia, and conferences.
Incumbent will have access to confidential material and information; must use discretion in its disclosure.
Assists in the interpretation of State, University and FIU Board of Trustees policies to ensure compliance.
Performs other related duties as assigned or as directed. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Job Requirements

Master's degree in the History of Art, Architecture, or Design, or related field. PhD Preferred
5 years of curatorial or related museum experience
Record of exhibition development
Record of publication and participation in conferences
Knowledge of modern art or design history
Knowledge of foreign languages
Excellent writing and research skills

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