Contemporary art curating news and views from Michelle Kasprzak and team

Pick 'N Mix #74

Posted by Mikhel Proulx • Sunday, September 8. 2013 • Category: Pick 'N Mix

- What happened to the expert curator? “people are creating meaning themselves – online, inside, outside and in rings around the snail-paced bureaucracy that has come to characterise most cultural institutions.” Daniel Blight for the Guardian.

- "Curators are nothing without art, no matter what the most meta-inclined of curatorial theorists might argue." Frieze's Dan Fox invites eight artists to reflect on Being Curated.

- 'The Importance of Curators.' Report from last month's conference Curators: Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them at England's South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries.

- Despite boycott calls from arts communities globally, and a petition with 1,884 signatures (as of this posting), Manifesta 10 Sticking With Russian Location.
Manifesta director Hedwig Fijen is quoted as saying: “To withdraw would mean to ignore the voices of our contemporaries and emerging generations in Russia.”

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Job: Curator, Kunsthalle Wien

Posted by Sofia Landström • Sunday, August 11. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Curator, Kunshalle Wien
Deadline: September 15, 2013

Kunsthalle Wien is one of Austria's most prominent institutions for international contemporary art and discourse. Its two exhibition venues are located within Museumsquartier and in Vienna's city centre at Karlsplatz. The institution's internationally recognized exhibition programme of group and solo exhibitions feature some of the leading contemporary artists, and there is an equal dedication to ensure that these exhibitions are accompanied by a broad and challenging discursive programme that endeavours to open a dialogue not only with the arts, but with a variety of disciplines such as theatre, economics, sociology, philosophy, etc. Through its close cooperation and collaboration with artists, researchers, and other cultural actors, Kunsthalle Wien strives not only to be an active participant in the international discourse on contemporary art and related fields, but also to highlight current issues that are of concern to not only the arts, but also to society at large.

We are looking for a curator with expertise and wide-reaching creativity. You must have a higher education in the art field or a similar disciplinary background, a minimum of three years' experience within the field of contemporary art and a broad international network. The curator must have an understanding of both financial administration as well as experience in relation to public and private support sectors. We are looking for a person with a dedication to teamwork, collaboration, cooperation, and communication.

We expect basic knowledge of German. The position has a set term of at least two years.

The application deadline is September 15th, 2013.

Send your CV and cover letter to bewerbung -at-

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Opportunity: Curatorial Intern, International Center of Photography

Posted by Sofia Landström • Tuesday, July 23. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Curatorial Intern, International Center of Photography, New York
Deadline: July, 2013

Department: Exhibitions
Schedule: 3–4 days per week, days can be flexible
Dates Required: Immediately with an ability to commit through January
Supervisor's Title: Curator

A curatorial intern is needed who is a highly motivated, energetic, and detail-oriented person with a good background in modern and contemporary art. This person will work with artists who will be featured in two large-scale group shows of contemporary photography, video, and mixed media art. Tasks will include corresponding with artists and art gallery personnel, building checklists and databases of art, working on a major catalogue, and doing research on individual artists. Should have at least a BA in art history, photographic history or a related field and be able to work at least three days a week.

Mature undergraduate, recent graduate, or graduate student

Applicants should have great contemporary art/photography knowledge, extremely organized and detail oriented, digitally skilled.

Besides gaining invaluable experience at a premier cultural/educational institution, interns benefit from school credit (when applicable), and are invited to attend ICP seminars and special events. Access to the ICP library. Tuition discounts for ICP courses, workshops and/or labs are provided, subject to internship hours completed and availability.

To apply, send current résumé, internship application, and cover letter to:
Internship/Volunteer Coordinator
International Center of Photography
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 212-857-0089
No Telephone Calls Please

Visit for the internship application.
The International Center of Photography is committed to equal opportunity employment

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Opportunity: International Curator Competition 2013

Posted by Sofia Landström • Saturday, July 20. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

International Curator Competition 2013
Application deadline: September 10, 2013

Akbank Sanat
Istiklal Cad. No. 8
Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey

Akbank Sanat is pleased to announce the second edition of the International Curator Competition. Curators are invited to submit proposals by September 10, 2013.

Started in 2012, Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition has the goal to provide support for emerging curators, reinforce interest in curatorial practices, and encourage new projects in the field of contemporary art.

In its first year, The Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition received a large number of applications from over 100 curators of various nationalities. Alejandra Labastida's application was selected by the jury, consisting of Jack Persekian (Director and Head Curator of the Palestinian Museum), Francis McKee (Director of CCA, Glasgow; tutor and research fellow at Glasgow School of Art), and Basak Senova (independent curator). Accordingly, Labastida's proposal, realized as an exhibition, ran from February 19 to April 27, 2013 at Akbank Art Centre, Istanbul, accompanied by a program of activities (performances, talks, and screenings) and an exhibition catalogue.

Developed and coordinated by Basak Senova, the competition has an application-based process. The content and the quality of the proposals will be evaluated by an international jury consisting of three curators. This year's jury includes Anne Barlow (Director of Art in General, New York, and Co-Curator of the Latvian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale), Christine Tohme (Director of Ashkal Alwan, Beirut), and Branko Franceschi (curator of the Croatian Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale; co-curator of the Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Director of the Virtual Museum of the Contemporary Art).

The winning curator is given opportunities to realize the proposal as an exhibition that will take place in the first half of 2014 at Akbank Art Centre, Istanbul, accompanied by an exhibition catalogue and additional activities. The curatorial fee, the exhibition production, travel expenses of the curator/s and artists, the production of the catalogue and the additional activities will be covered by Akbank Sanat.

Curators under the age of 40 are eligible to apply for the competition. There is no condition of residency or citizenship. Curators may apply for the competition as individuals as well as in groups (or as curatorial collectives). Curators will not be allowed to participate as artists in the projects.

By filling out the application form (to be downloaded from the curators will explain the conceptual framework of the exhibition proposal as well as the artists and their works in detail. There could be additional activities (for instance: talks or video screenings) that could be incorporated into the exhibition proposal. Application forms must be written in English. Applicants are expected to submit (only electronic copies) the completed application form, CV (maximum two pages) and accompanying visual material for their proposals (maximum 4MB total) by sending emails to [email protected]. Closing date for applications is September 10, 2013, 17h GMT +2. Late applications shall not be considered for evaluation. Entries must be previously unpublished, and the proposal must not have been realised or exhibited before.

The website contains the plan of the exhibition space, guidelines, and the application form.

All applicants will be notified of the jury's decision by October, 1, 2013.
For further inquiries please contact [email protected].

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Job: Curatorial Assistant, The Studio Museum in Harlem

Posted by Sofia Landström • Wednesday, July 17. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Curatorial Assistant
Deadline: Accepts proposals until a suitable hire is found

The Curatorial Assistant is primarily responsible for the maintenance and establishment of records and files which are necessary for the operation of the curatorial department. The Curatorial Assistant works in the areas of research, planning and organization of temporary exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem. The curatorial assistant is supervised by the Assistant Curators.

Responsibilities – Curatorial Assistant

Assist curatorial staff in activities related to exhibitions.
Prepare correspondence related to incoming exhibition proposals, artist submissions and art acquisitions.
Compile and maintain exhibition archives, object files and artist files.
Assist in preparation of exhibition texts, projects descriptions, proposals, labels and checklists.
Research artists, works of art, exhibition history and provenance.
Schedule, maintain and organize visuals of exhibition installations and works of art.
Assist with preparation and preliminary selection for the Artist-in­-Residence program applicants.
Assist with the supervision of interns, instructing them on departmental procedures, activities, and devise individual projects for them.
Assist staff/department with daily administrative functions, including but not limited to, handling mail, writing correspondence, maintenance of databases, bibliographic and library documents, preparing purchase orders, preparing spreadsheets, retrieving and filing materials and organization and labeling of exhibition red books.
Interdepartmental activities (Registrar, Communications, Education/Public Programs, et al.) as they pertain to the curatorial department.
Assist curators in preparation of grant proposal narratives and budgets, and report on past exhibitions.
Other Duties as assigned.


Bachelor degree in Art History, with emphasis on Contemporary Art and/or African-American history and culture.
Minimum one year work experience (preferably in museum, art or scholarly fields, or equivalent).
Excellent written (both academic and editorial) and verbal communication skills a must
Excellent organizational and analytical skills; experience with administrative and clerical duties.
Excellent computer skills, particularly MS platforms, including Word, Photoshop; Outlook and Excel. Digital imaging experience a plus.
Strong Interpersonal Skills, ability to work well with others;
Bi- or Multi- lingual a plus.
Knowledge of and interest in the visual arts and familiarity with New York art and culture communities.

Please send resume and cover letter to: [email protected]. No phone calls or faxes, please.

Further information:

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Job: Cultural Programme Curator, The University for the Creative Arts

Posted by Sofia Landström • Wednesday, July 17. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Cultural Programme Curator
Deadline: 1 August, 2013

The University for the Creative Arts has campuses at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester and is home to 7,000 students from over 70 countries studying on courses in fashion, graphics, design, media, fine art and architecture.

We are seeking to appoint a Cultural Programme Curator to take forward the exhibition, events and public programmes of the campuses. The University has established gallery spaces (James Hockey Gallery, Farnham and Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury) and extensive external and internal curatorial spaces.

The post of Cultural Programme Curator provide an exceptional opportunity for you to lead on the curating of work connected with and arising from the world class outputs of contemporary practitioners, staff and students of the University. We are looking for individuals that will generate original concepts for programming and will work with community, professional and internal colleagues to a unique approach for each campus. You will have an appropriate postgraduate qualification and curatorial experience in a professional gallery/public art setting as well as a portfolio of curatorial outputs (publications, catalogues, on-line platforms etc). You will need to familiarise yourself with portfolios of the University and the galleries at Farnham and Canterbury. Interviews for both posts will take place at the Epsom campus.

For information about the posts and to make an appointment to visit the campus please contact Cheryl Kirk on 01372-202488 or e-mail [email protected].

Application forms, Vacancy Summary and further information relating to the University for the Creative Arts are available for download or alternatively contact the Human Resources Department via email [email protected] or on 01252 892681 (24 hours -quoting the relevant reference). Please note any CVs submitted without a completed application form will not be considered for shortlisting. Interviews will be held in early September 2013.

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Job: Curator, Wichita Art Museum

Posted by Sofia Landström • Friday, July 12. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Curator, Wichita Art Museum, Kansas
Deadline: Accepts proposals until a suitable hire is found


The Wichita Art Museum—in the largest metropolitan area in Kansas and with a premier American art collection -- seeks a dynamic, imaginative Curator with a deep commitment to American art scholarship and public engagement.

The museum stands at an exciting moment in its history, with new leadership and key senior staff. With a strong regional presence, the museum has a significant American art collection with 8,000 works across media and history. Its Roland P. Murdock collection is particularly strong in early American modernism holdings with prized examples by Charles Burchfield, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Edward Hopper, Marsden Hartley, and others. The museum also holds a significant Steuben glass collection with an associated endowment.

The new Curator will contribute to creative programming of the collection, organization of exceptional exhibitions with related publications, and imaginative strategies for meaningful engagement of visitors. A reinstallation of the collection—aligned with new scholarship on American art and reflective of new findings in visitor studies -- will be among the Curator’s initial projects. The Curator will also be involved in a major project to newly envision the museum’s Art Campus and design and create an innovative outdoor garden environment that weds art and landscape.

The position reports to the director and is a critical member of the collaborative senior leadership team. The Curator envisions and organizes exhibitions, provides direction for development of the American art collection, conceives and plans innovative public programs, and imagines and develops writing for gallery, online, and publication. With the director, the Curator develops the museum’s exhibition calendar and interpretive strategies. The Curator works alongside registrarial and preparation staff who also report to the director. The work of the Curator advances all museum activities to heighten interest in the museum locally, regionally, and nationally and to inspire attendance and thoughtful encounters with compelling works of art.

Responsibilities include:

• Conceives, plans, and executes exhibitions and other projects based on original research and examining interdisciplinary humanities topics and historical themes

• Develops strategies for collection development; researches and proposes new art acquisitions

• Oversees and conducts research on the collection to share with scholarly and general audiences

• Collaborates with registrarial staff to identify conservation needs and priorities; may recommend deaccession and conduct relevant research

• Collaborates with key departments to ensure curatorial alignment with strategic museum goals

• Collaborates with education staff to develop and monitor innovative interpretation strategy aligned with best practices for visitor engagement

• Writes and edits animated, scholarly texts that appeal to a broad range of museum visitors

• Plans, develops, and implements approved budgets for curatorial projects

• Coordinates with registrarial and preparation staff to conceive, design, and implement exceptional exhibition installations

• Presents informal talks and formal lectures; collaborates with museum staff to develop social media communication

• Collaborates with development staff on fundraising and grant writing; actively cultivates relationships with museum patrons and potential donors, collectors, and foundation staff

• Actively participates in visitor evaluation to ensure community engagement and relevance

• Networks with relevant artists, art collectors, and arts and cultural colleagues in the metro area and region


The Wichita Art Museum Curator will work collaboratively with the director and other leading staff members to develop and execute the museum’s exhibitions, publications, and public engagement. A creative sense of exploration and commitment to team work are key to the museum’s work environment, and the Curator must be comfortable in an interactive, energetic workplace.

• Master’s degree in art history or related humanities discipline is required. Ph.D. is preferred,

• A minimum of four-years related work experience in a museum or academia is required,

• Demonstrated background in American art is preferred. Demonstrated background in glass art and/or decorative arts is preferred,

• Demonstrated scholarly publications with evidence of original research,

• Knowledge of art museum practices and protocols,

• Ability to plan, organize, and implement complex plans to meet targeted goals,

• Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships,

• Strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing, with museum colleagues, patrons, artists, and the general public.

The Wichita Art Museum opened in 1935 and is home to the Roland P. Murdock Collection, one of the premier collections of American art. With a nationally distinguished collection, Edward Larrabee Barnes facility, $3 million annual budget, staff of 21 fulltime, 12 part-time and a corps of 100+ volunteers, the museum is a public/private partnership, owned by the City of Wichita and managed by Wichita Art Museum, Inc. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Wichita Art Museum’s mission is to be a viable and energetic home for creative dialogue and community interaction with superb American art.

Salary commensurate with experience. To submit an application, go online to, click on Employment (a briefcase icon), and then click on “Search for Jobs” tab. Supplemental materials may be attached to the application by Word document or PDF. The City of Wichita is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers Veteran’s preference to qualified applicants.

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Job: Curator, Kunsthalle Wien

Posted by Sofia Landström • Monday, July 1. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Curator, Kunsthalle Wien
Deadline: 15 September, 2013

New thinking/new positions/new curator
Kunsthalle Wien is one of Austria's most prominent institutions for international contemporary art and discourse. Its two exhibition venues are located within Museumsquartier and in Vienna's city centre at Karlsplatz. The institution's internationally recognized exhibition programme of group and solo exhibitions feature some of the leading contemporary artists, and there is an equal dedication to ensure that these exhibitions are accompanied by a broad and challenging discursive programme that endeavours to open a dialogue not only with the arts, but with a variety of disciplines such as theatre, economics, sociology, philosophy, etc. Through its close cooperation and collaboration with artists, researchers, and other cultural actors, Kunsthalle Wien strives not only to be an active participant in the international discourse on contemporary art and related fields, but also to highlight current issues that are of concern to not only the arts, but also to society at large.

They are looking for a curator with expertise and wide-reaching creativity. You must have a higher education in the art field or a similar disciplinary background, a minimum of three years' experience within the field of contemporary art and a broad international network. The curator must have an understanding of both financial administration as well as experience in relation to public and private support sectors. We are looking for a person with a dedication to teamwork, collaboration, cooperation, and communication.

Expecting basic knowledge of German. The position has a set term of at least two years.

The application deadline is September 15, 2013.

Send your CV and cover letter to [email protected].
Kunsthalle Wien
Museumsplatz 1
1070 Wien

Read more about Kunsthalle Wien at:

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Job: Curator, The David Winton Bell Gallery

Posted by Sofia Landström • Friday, June 28. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Curator, The David Winton Bell Gallery, Rhode Island
Deadline: Unspecified

The David Winton Bell Gallery is Brown University's contemporary art gallery and home to an important part of the university's permanent art collection. The gallery hosts four to five major exhibitions each year, as well as annual exhibitions of student artwork and a triennial exhibition of artwork by Brown faculty members. Broadly concerned with the exhibition of exemplary work by artists living today, the gallery takes pride in showing artwork irrespective of media, content or subject and makes special efforts to support and show the work of emerging or under-recognized practitioners locally, nationally and internationally. Alongside the contemporary arts, the gallery also makes use of its art historical collections, programming exhibitions on the arts and culture of the last five centuries.

Job Description
The David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University seeks an experienced and energetic curator with specialization in contemporary art. The curator assists the director in planning the Gallery’s overall exhibition program and is responsible for research and development of 3-5 exhibitions per year. The curator plans and implements programs in conjunction with exhibitions, provides access to the permanent collection, works with guest curators, and handles the gallery’s social media. The curator shares responsibility for the systematic registration of collections and loans. Other duties include grant writing and fund raising, creation of publicity and promotional material, and support of related University projects.

This is a full-time position. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Applications accepted until the position is filled. Please apply at Brown University Human Resources website, and refer to job number H00504. Brown University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Job Requirements
The position requires an advanced degree in art history or a related field, with in-depth knowledge of modern and contemporary art. Candidates must have at least 3-5 years of curatorial experience, with knowledge of standard museum curatorial practices and exhibition development and logistics. The successful candidate will have proven skills in research, writing, and communication. Familiarity with museum registration methods is advantageous.

Apply at:
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Job: Curator, Public Programs

Posted by Sofia Landström • Sunday, June 23. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Curator, Public Programs, Interaccess
Deadline: July 26, 2013

InterAccess seeks a motivated arts professional to step into the role of Curator, Public Programs.

Established in 1983, InterAccess has a mandate to present new media art by local, national and international artists. Currently the program promotes experimentation with conceptual models and contexts for visual art that have allowed the program to expand beyond gallery exhibitions to include cross-disciplinary works, site-specific and Internet projects, and co-productions. InterAccess will move to a new, custom built cultural facility in 2014. Details on this exciting project here:

As the Curator, Public Programs, the successful candidate will utilize their experience and initiative to direct the organization’s exhibition and programming activities. This will involve the production of publications, marketing and development initiatives.

The Curator, Public Programs reports to the Executive Director, and is responsible for:

Developing and communicating a dynamic vision for the Exhibitions Program and actively raising the profile of the gallery locally and internationally;
Managing the coordination of exhibitions and special projects; including the coordination of submission review process, generating curatorial proposals, negotiating and managing all contracts, project budgets, research and studio visits, and writing and editing curatorial texts;
Coordinating all travel, shipping, insurance and equipment needs, and overseeing installation;
Coordinating all publicity; including writing press releases, preparing press packages, liaising with the media, managing press and mailing databases;
Coordinating all gallery marketing and design;
Managing all gallery publications including documentation, gallery website and archive, hand-outs and other materials;
Overseeing general maintenance of the gallery space and equipment;
Assisting the Executive Director by tracking and monitoring budget components related to program expenditures and attendance, and preparing programming texts for various funding applications and sponsorship packages;
Assisting in monitoring strategic and development plans; reporting to the Executive Director and the Board;
Preparing monthly programming reports;
Managing support staff, co-op students and volunteers;
Acting as a spokesperson for the organization to government, funders, the media, members and the public.


BA/BFA required, MA/MFA preferred (equivalents accepted)
A minimum of 3 years experience in a public gallery or equivalent
Understanding of contemporary art practices
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (Knowledge of French or a second language an asset)
Strong organizational skills; detail oriented
High degree of self-direction and initiative with strong time management abilities
Ability to provide direction and work with a diverse staff, board and membership
Knowledge of managing publications and print projects (Graphic design experience an asset)
Experience installing a variety of art exhibitions
Experience presenting new media art

In your role, you will be exposed to a variety of tools and technologies. A technician and skilled volunteers support gallery activities. Additionally, on-site training is provided. The following would be considered assets:

Good working knowledge of web languages: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (PHP an asset)
Experience with MySQL and FTP programs; knowledge of common CMS systems
Knowledge of Internet Protocols, setting up local networks, setting up Internet connections for artworks
Working knowledge of common programs such as Arduino, Processing, Pure Data, and Max/MSP
Advanced experience in Mac OSX and Windows (Linux an asset)
Experience with Adobe CS
Understanding of video codecs, resolutions, and projector/monitor requirements.
Knowledge of Final Cut Pro, FFMPEG
Experience installing and routing cabling
Basic understanding of electronics and electronic fabrication
Basic construction and fabrication abilities
Experience working with sound and P.A. systems

A benefits package is available after a three-month probation period is completed. Three weeks paid vacation, in addition to statutory holidays, offered. InterAccess provides professional development opportunities.

Laura Berazadi, Executive Director
Email Us Here
Use "Curator, Public Programs" as the subject heading.
Include all documents in a single PDF.
Apply no later than FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013.

Include a cover letter, CV, 2 writing samples, and the names and contact information for 3 references. no phone calls please. Only successful applicants will be contacted for interviews. Expected start date is August 2013.

InterAccess is committed to the principles of Employment Equity.

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Job: Curator, The Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation

Posted by Sofia Landström • Wednesday, May 29. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Curator, The Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation
Deadline: Unspecified

The Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation is offering a unique opportunity to contribute to the development of a world-class international collection of contemporary art dating from the 1960s; to develop and deliver an internationally acclaimed programme of exhibitions and events for a broad public; and to be part of the team.


The Museum of the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, is seeking to appoint a curator, reporting to the Artistic Director, to assist in the development of the Foundation’s Collection and Exhibitions Programme within the ground-breaking Frank Gehry building which is being constructed within the Jardin d’Acclimitation in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. The Foundation’s initiative will establish an artistic museum, open to all which will contribute to the cultural offerings of Paris, adding to the international reputation of the capital.


In the role of curator, the Foundation seeks an experienced candidate with an art history qualification and the following attributes:

Experience working in the international contemporary art scene;
A track record of delivery of exhibitions, research and publications of quality;
An ability to manage a vibrant exhibitions programme;
Fluency in French and English—both written and verbal.

Who can apply
Open to all

Further information:
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Job: Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art, BRIC

Posted by Sofia Landström • Thursday, May 23. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art, BRIC
Deadline: Accepts proposals until a suitable hire is found

BRIC is a multi-disciplinary non-profit dedicated to presenting art and media programs that reflect Brooklyn’s creativity and diversity. BRIC also provides resources to launch, nurture, and showcase artists and media makers. All of BRIC’s offerings are free or low cost, to advance access to and understanding of arts and media. Each year, upwards of one million people in Brooklyn and citywide are served through BRIC’s programs. Learn more at

BRIC’s contemporary art programs aim to increase the visibility and accessibility of contemporary art while bridging the gap between the art world and global culture in Brooklyn through exhibitions, public events and an innovative arts education program led in schools around the borough.

The gallery presents several exhibitions each season, primarily thematic exhibitions focusing on Brooklyn-affiliated emerging and mid-career artists. They exhibit art work of widely varying media, from paintings and photographs to site-specific installations, videos and projections, and complex multi-media projects. They work closely with staff in BRIC’s Education program in hosting class visits and mounting an annual student exhibition each spring, and with the Community Media and Performing Arts programs in administering a wide range of cross-disciplinary programming.

In October 2013, BRIC will open BRIC Arts Media House, a major new cultural venue in downtown Brooklyn. BRIC House will include a 3,000 square-foot gallery that will be the anchor contemporary art space in the downtown Brooklyn cultural district. The opening of the facility is anticipated for October 2013. This position will begin in late summer 2013.

Purpose of Position
: The Curatorial Assistant reports to the Director of Contemporary Art and plays a key role in the operation of the Contemporary Art program, with a focus on curatorial duties.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Undertakes administrative tasks related to the planning and production of exhibitions including drafting loan letters and forms, maintaining databases on artists and art works, and developing and maintaining exhibition checklists.
- Acts as a prime liaison with artists throughout the exhibition process. Works closely with Director and Gallery Manager in coordinating varied aspects of the planning of each exhibition and of programs.
- Conducts research for future exhibitions in development including research on potential exhibition artists, creating PowerPoint presentations and other presentations of artists’ images and projects, and researching publications and online sources.
- Writes artist biographies and texts for exhibition catalogues and brochures; coordinates the development of catalogues and other exhibition publications with marketing staff; and prepares texts for wall panels and object labels.
- Coordinates 2 annual artist opportunity programs: the Emerging Curator Program, which provides curators with the opportunity to present an exhibition in our Project Room; and with members of BRIC’s Community Media program, the Media Arts Fellowship, which provides artists with training and facility use at BRIC’s Media Center.
- Oversees administrative work for the Contemporary Art program including ordering supplies, invoice processing, expense tracking, and maintaining the scheduling calendar
- Opportunity to participate in the curatorial process through the research and selection of work for the Video program, Project Room, and spaces around BRIC House.
- Assists with duties related to an annual fundraising Gala, including assistance with recruiting artists for live and silent auctions, and writing the auction catalogue produced for the event.
- Maintain digital and paper files related to exhibitions and programs.
- Oversees the work of curatorial interns.

- Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History or Curatorial Studies.
- Minimum two-years of experience in museum or art gallery.

Skills Required
- A passion for contemporary art; strong knowledge of recent art history, and knowledge of the New York art scene.
- Excellent written and oral skills; strong basic copy editing skills.
- Strong skills in word processing, spreadsheet, database, basic Adobe.
- Highly accurate, detail oriented, and organized. Ability to work effectively on multiple projects and meet deadlines.
- An enthusiastic team player with good interpersonal skills. Will work closely with other Contemporary Art staff and with staff throughout the organization.

Compensation & Schedule
Salary is $33,000 + full benefits package. Some evening work required.

How to Apply
Email [email protected] with subject line: Curatorial Assistant. Please write a brief cover letter in the body of the email and attach resume. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Job: Curator, International Art, Tate Modern

Posted by Sofia Landström • Monday, April 29. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Curator, International Art, Tate Modern
Deadline: 12 May, 2013

Tate Modern’s programme of exhibitions and collection displays provide public access to groundbreaking modern and contemporary art. To ensure the highest standard of content and delivery of this programme, Tate Modern are currently seeking an experienced Curator to play a leading role in their team.

The Curatorial Department, Tate Modern is responsible for the delivery of exhibitions, collection displays, live performances and film programmes, ensuring the highest standard of content and delivery of this programme. It is also responsible for building the modern international aspect of Tate’s collections.

An experienced curator of modern international art, with specialist knowledge of the period 1900- 1965 is required to devise, develop and deliver exhibitions and collection displays, as well as contribute to Tate Modern’s programme including research and propose acquisitions within Tate’s acquisition strategy. The successful candidate will lead and manage project teams, supervise exhibition and collection display development and installation design, contribute texts and editorial supervision to a range of publications, and manage budgets. As a member of the curatorial team at Tate Modern, the post holder will support the senior management team and contribute to the overall vision of Tate.

Research and Development
Within the context of Tate’s research programme and goals, you will:
• Draw upon art historical and curatorial expertise to research and develop existing and new concepts for exhibition and collection display projects.
• Present research and critical thinking about art historical and museological issues as well as Tate’s programme.
• Follow and engage in scholarly debate about modern and contemporary art.
• Maintain and expand expertise in your specialist area(s).
• Contribute to Tate’s overall research programme.
• Increase expertise in specialist areas by visiting exhibitions, researching and writing papers or articles, presenting lectures, attending conferences, etc.

Exhibitions & Collection Displays
Within the context of Tate Modern’s programme, you will:
• Lead, co-ordinate and manage exhibition and display project teams, as required, to ensure smooth delivery of projects. This will involve negotiation of loans and liaison with artists, collectors, public and private institutions, and responsibility for budgets.
• Write informative and scholarly texts for Tate exhibition catalogues; edit exhibition exhibition catalogues.
• Responsibility for establishing and maintaining key schedule dates for projects.
• Responsibility for project budgets; drawing up, managing and monitoring accurate detailed budget estimates for expenditure and income, to obtain best value without comprising high standards of presentation.
• Research existing or new proposals for exhibition and collection display projects.
• Write and present project descriptions for Tate Trustees, Tate Modern Council, funding bodies etc.
• Write accessible gallery wall texts and captions.
• Lead tours and presentations of displays and collection exhibitions.

Within the framework of the acquisition strategy, you will:
• Research and propose acquisitions, and contribute generally to the work of the team of curators that focuses on acquisitions as well as new areas of collecting.
• Maintain and develop an appropriate network of contacts among artists, artists’ estates, gallerists, critics, scholars and auction houses.
• Liaise with Development department and build relationships with possible benefactors.

Administration and management

To assist with the smooth running of the department and to contribute to the achievement of departmental goals, you will:
• Deputise for senior management, when requested.
• Line management of staff
• Attend Tate events.
• Participate in staff recruitment when required.
• Take on administration-related tasks and projects, when required.
• Provide valuations of works of art
• Give expert advice to external bodies, as required.

Person Specification

• Expert knowledge of international art in the period 1900-1965 as well as a keen interest in contemporary art.
• A relevant degree and post-graduate degree in the history of art or related field.
• Substantial and relevant work experience in an art gallery, museum, or with a collection.
• Extensive experience of the processes involved in staging displays and exhibitions, including managing budgets.
• A high level of knowledge and understanding of issues surrounding collecting modern and contemporary art within a global museum context.
• A well-developed visual sense and understanding of issues involved in the display of works of art in a public gallery.
• Awareness of issues of equality and cultural diversity as they affect the work of a major museum.
• Well-developed interpersonal skills, with the capacity to lead, yet flexible enough to work well within a team, and work collaboratively across Tate and beyond.
• Skilled negotiator with aptitude for managing different types of relationships
• Demonstrable excellence in verbal communication and presentation.
• First-class research skills as well as excellent writing skills, including the capacity to write authoritative texts for a specialist readership as well as accessible texts for a general public.
• Excellent organisation, planning and administrative skills, with ability to prioritise and coordinate multiple activities to meet deadlines.
• Ability and willingness to travel and to attend out of hours functions, as required, to meet Tate’s objectives.
• An interest in and commitment to the work of Tate.

• Knowledge of at least one foreign language
• Knowledge of Tate’s Collection.
• Knowledge of the scope of UK collections as they relate to Tate.
• An established network of contacts in the field of modern and contemporary art.

Our opportunities are open for you to apply online. Please visit: to create an account by registering your details or if you are an existing user, log into your account. For all opportunities, we ask candidates to complete an online application form for the vacancy they are interested in. If you need an application form in an alternative format, please call us on 020 7887 4997. Once you have submitted your application, you can keep track of its progress by logging in to your account.

The closing date for the submission of completed application forms is Sunday 12 May 2013 by midnight.

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REVIEW: Every Curator’s Handbook

Posted by Sofia Landström • Tuesday, April 16. 2013 • Category: Reviews & Resources

Review: Every Curator's Handbook -'s_Handbook.pdf
by Sofia Landström

This compendium offers hands-on professional insights wherein different authors from different points of view share experiences from their professional careers as curators. The reader gets a specific and detailed overview of what a curator’s work might look like beyond theory.

“Every Curator’s Handbook” deals with multiple curatorial issues from collaborations to funding. With first-hand experiences and reflections from past projects, both emerging and established curators narrate the text in an accessible and educational way. It’s notable that the aim of this project is to create a resource that deals with the practical questions within the typical curatorial career, and takes a step back from the usual theoretical issues which are always present in the background of any art-related field. This compendium welcomes emerging voices that expands from the Western point of view to Armenia, Latvia, and Ukraine in addition to the participants from Europe and North America.

This seventy-page publication contains twenty short articles which deal with specific experiences or projects. One of the first articles, written by Haizea Barcenilla discusses how every curatorial project (even if it’s not considered collaborative) is an actual collaboration between the involved participants, from artist to institution. In this text, “The Difficult but Enriching Paths of Collaborative Practice”, she relates hands-on experiences from collaborations that worked out well and those that didn't. Her point of view is that curatorial work today is becoming more and more collaborative. Barcenilla argues that the profession is becoming more open for dialogue, and the possibility of producing something enriching increases dramatically as collaborative work increases. With this text, Barcenilla sets a particular tone for the rest of the compendium: she, as well as the other authors, focuses on curatorial work as a profession and a field rather than explaining what defines a curator or who a curator is.

Overall, in this compilation, the authors all articulate how hard it is to define what a curator is and what the right path is to become one -- there seems to be no right or wrong answer. In the article “In Conversation with Curator Richard Julin” by Anne Klontz, she speaks with the renowned curator Richard Julin, who recounts a traditional story on how to become a curator. Julin explains how he worked as a freelancer in the field of contemporary design in Stockholm and worked his way up in the hierarchy, a common way to get in to the profession. His career story, by describing the conventional way of becoming a curator,opens it up for other articles in the compendium to describe more unconventional ways.

Indeed, what makes this handbook intriguing are the various career choices described in the articles, everything from Richard Julin’s quite traditional career path to more progressive ones. Hilary Jack and Paul Harfleet’s article is one which describes a more progressive and challenging way of how they became noted in the curatorial field. They set up their own artist led space called Apartment in Manchester after they finished their Master's course in Art in 2003. Apartment was a spontaneous initiative, run from a bedroom on the sixth floor. They describe how their urge to set up something provocative and startling made Apartment a well-attended institution on the cultural map, and made them into curators. Even though Jack and Harfleet never considered themselves to be curators, they soon found curating to be a major part of their CVs when the Apartment project closed down in 2009. Since then they have taken part in commissioned curatorial projects, thanks to their previous work in the Manchester apartment -- something they never foresaw when they started in 2003. Essentially their innovative ideas and eagerness to start something made them into curators.

Ultimately, the best reason to read this book is because it tells stories like Jack & Harfleet's, putting curatorial work into a practical context. “Every Curator’s Handbook” does not aim to be a theoretical or research based book., This is a field in constant evolution, and this book provides a wide range of ideas within curatorial practice and creates a bridge between old and new ways of working.

On the whole “Every Curator’s Handbook” gives readers an insider view of international curatorial practice from East to West, and it gives the reader a wider understanding of the many directions in curating. One flaw is that the texts are often quite short, which does not leave enough space to provide answers to the many questions the reader might face. There are many good examples of exhibitions and projects that are hands-on in this book, showing potential for providing many valuable insights for anyone interested in curating, but the texts often only scratch on the surface. What this publication clearly demonstrates is that there are many ways to be a curator today (another reason why it would be impossible to cover everything 70 pages). It might not be a fully comprehensive handbook then, but as a book providing many interesting narratives and examples of real work in the field, it’s perfect.

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Job: Curator of Contemporary Art, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art

Posted by Sofia Landström • Friday, April 12. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

Curator of Contemporary Art, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
Deadline: May 8, 2013

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art seeks to enhance perspectives, inspire community and ignite new ideas at the intersection of art and you. SECCA will be a dynamic center for exploring the best in contemporary art. We see SECCA as a vibrant home and preferred place for our community to engage with us, and one another, in a lifelong learning experience with the arts.

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina is currently accepting applications for CURATOR OF CONTEMPORARY ART. The Curator of Art is responsible for overseeing the Museum’s program of contemporary art, assuring a proper balance of programs and a high level of quality in the presentation and interpretation of the art. The Curator, with appropriate programs staff, develops 6-10 temporary exhibitions per year in accordance with approved budgets and interprets, implements and evaluates SECCA exhibitions program. These projects are among the most complex and expensive programs undertaken by the institution, requiring a high degree of coordination among the various departments. In addition, the Curator organizes temporary art projects and traveling exhibitions; negotiates loan agreements with museums, galleries, artists, and private collectors; writes text for exhibition catalogues, wall labels, or related educational materials; and collaborates with museum educators to develop appropriate educational programs.

This Curator participates in a variety of educational programs and initiatives, delivers lectures and gallery talks, teaches docents and teacher groups, and participates in seminars and other scholarly colloquia. Knowledge and abilities required are: sound general knowledge of the history of art, with expertise in contemporary art, craft and design and including new media and related art forms; clear and effective communication skills, both oral and written; proficiency with current information technologies; Independent judgment: the ability to analyze problems and to make well-considered choices; planning and organizational skills; strong interpersonal skills marked by honesty, tact, discretion, and enthusiasm; flexibility and openness to innovation; ability to work effectively under often-intense pressure; self-motivated, self-directed, and ability to work in a team setting. A Master of Arts degree in the history or art with a concentration in modern and contemporary art and at least 5 years experience in an art museum or other visual arts institution, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred.

SECCA is an operating entity of the North Carolina Museum of Art, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. All applicants must complete & submit a State of North Carolina Employment Application to the Department of Cultural Resources (DCR), Human Resources Division (HR).

To submit an application for Curator of Contemporary Art, please link to Application deadline is May 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST.
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