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Opportunity - Internship, ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn

Posted by April Steele • Saturday, April 30. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Curatorial Intern (unpaid), ISSUE Project Room, (Brooklyn NY)

May 1st - Fall 2011

ISSUE Project Room is looking for a curatorial intern to help aid in the development and production of future programming as well as the organization of our fall art auction. Candidates must be able to commit 2 days a week during the summer months and be highly organized and dedicated.

Duties will include:
- Collecting and organizing material relevant to programming
- Research and editing biographical information
- Aiding in the cataloging of art works
- Receiving and storing art works
- Aiding in the communication with artist
- Handling, packing and hanging work

The ideal candidate should be well versed in Microsoft Word, Excel, have excellent writing skills and knowledge of the contemporary art world and the experimental music scene.

ISSUE Project Room is a pioneering performance center and leading cultural
incubator, providing more than 200 emerging and established artists each year
with a dynamic environment in which to create and present innovative new work
across disciplines. Established in 2003 by late visionary Suzanne Fiol, ISSUE's
mission is to present projects that expand conventional practices in art. Currently
located in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, ISSUE reaches an annual audience of

contact: lawrence (at)

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Job - Curator (maternity cover), Compton Verney, deadline May 19

Posted by April Steele • Friday, April 29. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Curator, Compton Verney, 12 month fixed term contract (maternity cover)

Compton Verney is looking for a highly experienced Curator who will be responsible for the initiation, implementation, administration, research, organisation and presentation of a highly popular temporary exhibition programme, as well as specific collection and grounds based research and projects. Fundraising experience essential.

Call 01926 645553 for details or visit

Closing date Thursday 19 May 2011
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Job - Curatorial Assistant, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, deadline May 13

Posted by April Steele • Thursday, April 28. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Concordia University

Note: This posting represents a 2-year full-time, contract position (renewable – grade 9- cupeu)

Reporting to the Gallery Director, the incumbent manages the production of curatorial projects and provides research assistance to the Gallery’s curatorial, publication, and programming activities according to priorities established by the Director.


Liaise with artists and curators, art institutions, suppliers and various university services in the planning of each curatorial project.
Prepare loan agreements and standardized artist, curator and writer’s contracts; coordinate and organize transportation and insurance of loaned works; prepare conditions reports for incoming and outgoing works of art.
Write the press release for each exhibition and supervise its translation; prepare and produce all titles, labels and text panels, and conceive their graphic framework for each exhibition.
Oversee the effective functioning of the presented works throughout each exhibition; coordinate photographic and video documentation for each exhibition and event. Maintain a digital video and image library for research, publication and promotional uses; prepare final exhibition reports and administer all exhibition files; supervise work study students working as attendants at the reception desk.
Organize and oversee the gallery’s openings and assists in organizing special events and book launches.
Carry out research activities in relation to the Gallery’s future exhibitions and publication projects including bibliographic, archival and data base research in both traditional and digital formats; compile bibliographies, chronologies and data reports; research programming grants opportunities, provide and prepare material for grant applications, assist in writing grant proposals.
Liaise with graphic designers, printers and authors for the gallery’s publication program; research and obtain reproduction rights; copy edit and proofread texts and may be called to oversee such activities.
Assist in preparing exhibition proposals and in vetting incoming proposals; prepare final reports for granting agencies; prepare exhibition touring packages; manage the gallery’s touring exhibitions.
Perform other duties as required by the Director.


Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Curatorial Studies, or related area and one to two years experience in curatorial management.
Knowledge and a keen interest in contemporary art.
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word (to create documents and reports) and basic knowledge of Excel (to create and update spreadsheets).
Knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator and basic graphic design and layout skills.
Very good spoken and written English (level 5); very good spoken French (level 5) and good written French (level 4) to communicate effectively with members of the internal and external communities in both official languages.
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
Initiative and resourcefulness essential; ability to work on an irregular schedule, to work under stress and to meet tight deadlines.

Please send your curriculum vitae with a covering letter by May 13, 2011, to the following address (no applications by email or by fax) and indicate on the envelope CURATORIAL ASSISTANT POSITION (only those selected for an interview will be contacted).

Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery
Concordia University
1400 boul. de Maisonneuve W, LB-165
Montréal, H3G 1M8 (Québec) CANADA

IMPORTANT: The language and computer skills of short-listed candidates will be tested.
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Job - Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum Folkwang, deadline May 13

Posted by April Steele • Thursday, April 28. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
The City of Essen seeks a Curator of Contemporary Art for the Museum Folkwang. The contract is for 4 years.

The Museum Folkwang is one of the most important German museums of 19th and 20th century and contemporary art. Its collection includes painting, sculpture, photography, graphic works, ancient and non-European art and posters. The museum’s exhibition programme is reputed internationally. The Museum Folkwang places particular emphasis on an exchange with non-European cultures.

The responsibilities of this post include:

Conception, planning and realization of exhibitions of contemporary art and their accompanying publications
Active participation in the extension of the contemporary art collection
Close cooperation with artists, national and international partner institutions, donors and sponsors, collection foundations, etc.
Development of new programmes to promote artistic production in the Museum Folkwang

We are searching a highly qualified person with the necessary expertise, and seek candidates who have:

A doctorate in art history
Specific professional experience (international)
Outstanding knowledge in the area of international contemporary art, especially contemporary non-European art
Excellent command of German and English and if possible a further foreign language. Very good skills at presenting and communicating.

Further information is available at

If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Ute Eskildsen (Tel: +49 201 8845100)

The City of Essen promotes equality of men and women. Women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. In case of equal ability, competence and expertise, women are given preference.

Please send your application by 13.05.2011, quoting reference number 45/01/FE, to: Stadt Essen, Organisation und Personalwirtschaft, 45121 Essen, Germany
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Opportunity - Gwanju Biennale International Curator Course, deadline May 17

Posted by April Steele • Tuesday, April 26. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Call for Applications: The 3rd Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course
August 8–September 3, 2011

Application deadline: May 17, 2011

▪ Sponsored by the Gwangju Biennale Foundation & the Metropolitan City of Gwangju

▪ Chaired by Yongwoo Lee (Executive Vice President, Gwangju Biennale)

▪ Directed by Co-Directors, 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale (Ai Weiwei, Seung H-sang)

Co-Artistic Directors, 2012 Gwangju Biennale (Nancy Adajania, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Mami Kataoka, Sunjung Kim, Carol Yinghua Lu)

▪ Visiting Professor: Ute Meta Bauer (Associate Professor & Director of Program in Art, Culture, and Technology at MIT's School of Architecture and Planning)

The Gwangju Biennale hosts its third edition of International Curator Course. The course, which has attracted much attention from young curators across the globe since its inception in 2009, takes place in parallel with the Gwangju Biennale and the Gwangju Design Biennale.

The visiting professor for this year's course will be Ute Meta Bauer, an internationally acclaimed curator and professor at MIT's School of Architecture and Planning. She was co-curator of Documenta11 (2002), artistic director of the 3rd Berlin Biennale (2004), and founding director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (2002–2005.) Her exhibitions include Architectures of Discourse at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona (2001), First Story - Women Building / New Narratives for 21 Century, a main exhibition for the European Cultural Capital Porto 2001 and the Mobile_Transborder Archive for InSite05, Tijuana /San Diego. Most recently she served as the director of SITAC VI What's left…What remains? SITAC VI (Mexico City 2008.) The first visiting professor was Barbara Vanderlinden, founder and artistic director of the Brussels Biennial, followed by Dan Cameron, artistic director of Prospect New Orleans Biennial.

This year, the course will include practice in preparation of the 4th Gwangju Design Biennale which will start on September 2. The key subject of the course is the Exhibition as Communicative Space and will include: discussions about criticism and analysis of comprehensive phenomenon of how contemporary art, design, architecture, sound and performance, and publications as dominant art forms of visual culture adapt, co-exist, and conflict with market system; the course will reflect upon creative responses to conflict and crisis versus problems of value judgment on today's market-led cultural phenomenon and cultural movement, and the role of curator as a cultural translator and mediator between the two; and exploration of alternatives for ecological health of increasingly globalized art and culture.

The course consists of special lectures by visiting professor Bauer along with discussions and practices under the guidance of artistic directors and curators of 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale as well as 2012 Gwangju Biennale. Co-Directors of 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale, Co-Artistic Directors of 2012 Gwangju Biennale, Prof. Maurizio Bortolotti of NABA, Milan, and Nader Tehrani, architect and Head of Department of Architecture at MIT who participates in 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale will join the lectures and seminars.

The course will be delivered in English. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in the process of installation and preparation for the biennale as assistants of artistic directors and curators. They will make group presentations in the final week before guests including biennale participating artists and curators. Visits to museums, galleries, and artists' studios in Gwangju and Seoul are also scheduled.

The Gwangju Biennale will grant tuition and accommodation to participants during the entire course in Gwangju. Participants will be responsible for their roundtrip airfares to Gwangju and living expenses during their stay in Gwangju. Since the course aims to give young curators opportunities to receive in-depth training, an age restriction has been set at 35 and under.

The application must include:

1. Application form (download from
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Motivational statement illustrating the applicant's interests and explaining the reason for application (1,000 words max.)
4. A copy of the most relevant published texts and reports of realized curatorial projects

Send your application by email: curatorcourse (at)
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Opportunity - Vessel International Curatorial Workshop, Bari

Posted by April Steele • Friday, April 22. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Vessel International Curatorial Workshop

28–30 May 2011

Via Guido De Ruggiero 6
70125 Bari, Italy

A three day workshop about cultural topology, the dynamism of forms and surfaces in relation to the transitory nature of reality, applicable to Eastern/Western Europe and the Mediterranean area. Emphasis will also be placed on the evolution of curating as a profession and its essential role in social and cultural redefinition.
Art has described, reflected upon and even instigated certain internal social and cultural dynamics in and around these territories. Art works in an extra-disciplinary manner, without the necessity of self-justification, which is often an obstacle for other divisions of knowledge. vessel aims to focus on "artwork" going beyond simply the physical art itself and transcending into reflections on the state of the world. In this context, art is a useful device to measure a more general consciousness of the state of global relationships. It helps us collectively think beyond the relations and patterns that are typically and constantly imposed upon us.

The non-tangible nature of art influences contemporary art and the protagonists involved in its development. The role of curator is in a phase of redefinition and parallels the dynamically evolving nature of contemporary art. vessel views the curator as a researcher who needs a place both to carry out and present research. This is a very different role from that of the art historian, whose principal task is to research particular artistic movements or moments, to select examples and to present this research within the conventions of a historical presentation. By contrast, the curator uses his or her research as a tool to interact with reality through art, resulting in a reflection upon contemporary society. vessel is not focused on the nuances of particular exhibitions, but rather how specific exhibition studies can serve as platforms for evaluation of broader curatorial concepts.

For this reason, our methodology will be based on group activities focused on individual case studies. The core of these case studies will be comprised of varying exercises dealing with secondary material concerning the curatorial practice in relation to the overarching exhibition made in a certain geographical area.

From these activities, we will additionally create a database, which will become the concrete formalization of the concepts that guide exhibitions. This elaboration will allow deeper analysis of the research made by curators for related exhibitions.

The workshop will be held by the Scientific Committee of Vessel :
Charles Esche – Director of Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Ilaria Gianni – Writer and Curator
Cecilia Guida – Researcher and Independent Curator
Denis Isaia – Researcher and Curator
Viktor Misiano – Art Critic, Curator and Director of international museums
Marco Petroni – Art Critic and Curator
Roberto Pinto – Art Critic and Curator
Viviana Checchia – Researcher and Independent Curator
Anna Santomauro – Independent Curator

Deadline is May 15th, 2011.

Vessel is supported by the Apulia Region
Winner of the prize "Principi Attivi 2010 – Giovani idee per una Puglia migliore"

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Job - Curator of Exhibitions, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

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

MMoCA seeks an individual to oversee its exhibition program. Responsibilities include organizing exhibitions, supervising installations of traveling shows, working on related publications and didactic materials, coordinating the museum's exhibition schedule, and developing and monitoring the annual departmental budget. Demonstrated experience organizing exhibitions and producing publications is required. Strong verbal and writing skills are essential. An MA in art history with an emphasis in post-WWII art is desirable. Salary commensurate with experience.

Send resume, references, and writing samples to:
Director's Office, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State Street, Madison, WI 53703.
Or email materials to personnel (at)
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Job - Curator of Drawings, Arkansas Art Center

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

The Arkansas Arts Center seeks a Curator of Drawings whose chief responsibility is the care, scholarly interpretation, and exhibition of all work in the drawings collection as well as recommending acquisition of new work and the care, interpretation, and exhibition of drawings on loan to the Arts Center. An advanced degree (PhD preferred) in art history or related field is required. Specialized knowledge of drawings, 20th century and contemporary art, and the history of American art. Five to ten years museum curatorial experience. Track record of exhibitions and publications. Ability to work in a collaborative environment. In addition, the Curator of Drawings must be a passionate and energetic person with the ability to manage, research, position, exhibit, and develop an important collection. S/he must have the demonstrated interest and ability to share the collection with diverse audiences and to build a positive image and lasting relationships for the Arts Center. S/he must be an innovative thinker and a great communicator with the ability to present the drawing collection and the Arts Center to all internal and external constituencies and must have a reputation for the highest level of integrity and credibility.

Applicants should submit resumes and a one-page narrative describing their interest in the position and the experience that relates to the responsibilities described above as well as the names of three references. Send applications or suggestions of candidates to:

Joseph W. Lampo, Interim Director

P.O. Box 2137

Little Rock, AR 72203-2137

E-mail: jlampo (at)

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Job - Chief Curator, Orange County Museum of Art

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

Orange County Museum of Art
Position Description: Chief Curator

General Description: Working in concert with the Director, the Chief Curator develops and
implements a program of modern and contemporary art exhibitions that are locally relevant and
internationally significant, leads efforts to build the museum’s collection and acquisition funds,
and serves as member of the museum’s senior management team (Director, Deputy Director,
Chief Curator, Director of Development, Director of Marketing and Communications) to execute,
update and monitor the museum’s strategic plan.

Reporting Responsibilities: Director
Supervisory Responsibilities: Curator, Publications Manager, Curatorial Associates, Interns &
Volunteers, and other staff assigned on a project basis
FLSA Status: Exempt (Professional), Full-time

Essential Responsibilities: The responsibilities listed below are those that represent the
majority of time spent working in this position. Management may assign additional tasks related
to the type of work of the position as necessary.

1. Conducts ongoing research and proposes/organizes exhibitions of modern and
contemporary art for national and/or international tour that advance the museum’s
mission, vision, and strategic direction.
2. Conducts collection research and proposes/organizes regular collections-based
3. Continues the museum’s record of significant scholarly publications
4. Regularly networks with peers nationally and internationally to develop collection
exchanges, co-organize exhibitions, and tour OCMA-originated projects
5. Makes recommendations to Director, Collections Committee, and Board of Trustees on
works of art to be accessioned and deaccessioned
6. Works with the Director and senior staff to cultivate trustees, collectors, donors, and
artists for gifts to the collection, acquisition funds, program support, and capital support;
provides programs and stewardship for museum support groups and selected major
donors; participates in fundraising events
7. Supervises curatorial staff, manages curatorial budget, and works with and through
other departments to advance the museum’s artistic and program goals
8. Represent the museum at conferences, professional meetings, on panels and juries, and
at other events as museum priorities and workloads allow
9. Performs other duties as assigned within the scope of responsibility and requirements of
the position

Educational and Experience Preparation: Requires Master’s degree in art history or other
related area (Ph.D. preferred) with working knowledge of modern and contemporary art and
artists; ten or more years professional curatorial experience; established record in organizing,
writing about, and installing art exhibitions; excellent written and verbal communication skills;
ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

Physical & Dexterity Requirements: Sedentary work that involves sitting most of the time, but
may involve walking or standing for brief periods. Occasionally may require lifting 25 pounds,
opening boxes or packages, and stretching or reaching. The position requires normal visual
acuity and field of vision, hearing and speaking abilities, and color perception.

Working Conditions: Staff will work in general office and museum conditions with no known
exposure to environmental hazards. Work will require frequent evening and weekend hours
consistent with the museum’s schedule of events and activities. The position is full-time and
eligible for the museum’s benefit package.

Contact with Others: The position involves a significant amount of contact with museum staff,
volunteers, and the public. This involves frequent interactions with museum staff, vendors,
donors, and other education professionals that may be of a sensitive or confidential nature.
Discretion and sound judgment is required. Staff must be able to relate well to individuals with
a variety of backgrounds and positively represent the museum in these contacts.

To Apply: Send resume, three references, and cover letter explicitly describing how the
candidate’s experience and training meet the minimum requirements of the position to
jobs (at) No phone calls please
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Job - Exhibitions Curator, Oriel Davies Gallery, deadline May 3

Posted by April Steele • Thursday, April 21. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
Closing Date: Tuesday 3 May 2011

The Oriel Davies Gallery in Wales is looking for an experienced Exhibitions Curator to work with the Director and other members of the team to deliver a programme of exhibitions and related projects. This is a maternity cover post.

For full job description, visit

Interview Date: Monday 16 May 2011

Post begins 20 June 2011 and runs until September 2012

Salary: £22,500 - £23,950 per annum depending upon experience

The Exhibitions Curator works alongside the Director to implement the Gallery’s artistic policy, has a major role in the presentation of a programme of exhibitions, and leads on a minimum of three-quarters of the exhibitions within the annual programme

- To ensure the delivery of programmed exhibitions and off-site projects, and to work closely with the Director and other team members on the forward planning and implementation of the artistic programmes.
- To deputise for the Director in matters relating to the artistic programmes.
- To oversee relevant exhibition tours and assist the Director in collaborations with other organizations.
- To take a supporting role in fundraising for the exhibition programmes, working closely with the Director and Administrator.
- To liaise effectively with the Education Officers to ensure full integration of education with the exhibition programmes.
- To work with the Building & Technical Manager to ensure that the exhibitions are displayed to the highest standard and that the required environmental and security conditions are adhered to.
- To act as line manager to staff, volunteers, work experience students and interns working within the exhibition’s department, and to oversee their training where appropriate.
- To organise and oversee the packing and transportation of exhibitions, and to work closely with the Building & Technical Manager on the installation and dismantling of the exhibitions.
- To monitor, evaluate and document the exhibitions and related projects and to provide regular reports and updates of the programme for the Board of Trustees.
- In liaison with the Director and Administrator, to contribute to the financial planning and control of the exhibition budgets.
- To liaise effectively with artists and arts organisations, including the preparation of artist and exhibition contracts, in consultation with the Director and Administrator.
-To oversee the day-to-day management and administration of the exhibitions including the preparation of interpretation material, exhibition signage, captions, information panels, etc in liaison with the Director and the Education Officers.
- To liaise effectively with the Education Officers on exhibitions to enable the development of related education programmes, and where appropriate to assist with these, as in the delivery of Gallery Talks, seminars etc.
- To work closely with the Marketing Officer on the publicity and marketing of the exhibitions programme, including producing press releases, providing copy for the Gallery’s What’s On brochure, and developing links with the media.
- To organise and oversee the production of exhibition publications and to work with the Marketing Officer on the production of exhibition invitations and other related print material.
- To negotiate and arrange for the loan of art works and the hire of exhibitions, and liaise with the Administrator on their insurance, including where appropriate, applications for Government Indemnity.
- To ensure that all Health and Safety standards are maintained and monitored in all areas of the work and responsibility of the post.
- To undertake key holder duties as required.
- To assist with and attend exhibition previews.
- To carry out any other duties consistent with the position as may be required.

If you need further information or if you would like an informal chat about the post, please contact Amanda Farr, Director at the Gallery: Telephone: 01686 625041 or mobile: 07743242065 or email: amanda (at)
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Job - Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

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

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) is seeking a dynamic Assistant Curator to support the needs of its ambitious exhibitions program. Reporting directly to the Chief Curator, the Assistant Curator will be responsible for a variety of curatorial and administrative tasks including exhibition research and planning, maintenance of master exhibition records, coordination of catalogs and didactic materials, and fundraising activities. In addition, the Assistant Curator will have lead responsibility for coordinating several ongoing exhibition and artist programs, including the Front Room, Great Rivers Biennial exhibition, Flat Files, and City-Wide Open Studios, and may also have the opportunity to independently curate original exhibitions.

Exhibition responsibilities:

Conduct curatorial research for exhibitions and publications
Work with artists, collectors, colleagues, and the museum registrar to secure loans and arrange shipping of artwork
Obtains all necessary permissions for images and maintain accurate credit lines
Maintain accurate exhibition checklists, image files, funder credit lines, lenders, and other exhibition details; ensure accuracy of information on all CAM publications and website
Coordinate several ongoing curatorial programs, including the Front Room, Great Rivers Biennial exhibition, Flat Files, and City-Wide Open Studios
May independently organize original exhibitions of varying size and scope, depending on experience
Provide general curatorial support for the Chief Curator, Director, and guest curators

Communication responsibilities:

Help prepare and edit exhibition descriptions and didactic materials including gallery guides, wall text, labels, website content, and catalogs.
Work with Education, Development and Public Relations staff to prepare and edit materials to promote, publicize, and interpret exhibitions and related public programs
Gather and write exhibition-related information pertinent to grant applications, final reports, and other institutional needs
Coordinate writing and editing process with CAM staff in other departments to meet all deadlines.
Assist Chief Curator and Director in preparing communication materials for Board of Directors or other needs

Programming responsibilities:

Work with Manager of Public Programs to plan and coordinate public programs related to exhibitions
Work closely with the Museum Educator to foster integration of exhibitions into education and outreach programs
Coordinate all logistical needs for artist/curator visits, including arranging honoraria, travel, lodging, meals, and necessary equipment

Financial responsibilities:

Participate in various fundraising efforts, both specific to exhibition programs and more general museum-wide initiatives
Work with the Chief Curator to develop and monitor the curatorial department budget, including revenue and expenses

Administrative responsibilities:

Provide logistical and administrative coordination of exhibitions, including traveling exhibitions
Maintain CAM's master exhibition schedule, descriptions, checklists, credit lines
Maintain CAM's master colleague and artist mailing lists
Maintain the museum's curatorial archives, both in paper and web formats
Obtain and oversee copyright permission, ISBN numbers, Library of Congress, and distribution records for publications
Oversee interns and volunteers for the curatorial department
Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Core Competencies:

Excellent organization skills; ability to coordinate complicated projects and manage multiple and diverse tasks simultaneously; ability to follow through and meet deadlines
Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks; excellent time-management, problem-prevention and problem-solving skills
Ability to work with close attention to detail and to maintain confidentiality
Ability to represent the museum with a high level of integrity and professionalism, adhere to museum policies and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner
In-depth knowledge and enthusiasm for contemporary visual art, artists, museums and exhibitions.
Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with colleagues, artists, the public, Board, donors and volunteers.
Comfortable working in a fast paced, team oriented environment.

Required experience and education:

Master's degree in Art History or related discipline with emphasis on contemporary visual culture
Recognized curatorial experience, preferably in a museum context
Superb verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated art historical research experience and proficiency
Demonstrated proficiency with and accuracy in using computer programs, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
A commitment to presenting and interpreting contemporary art to diverse audiences

How to apply

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume as one document with the subject line: Assistant Curator Application to Chief Curator Dominic Molon at dmolon (at) Email only; no phone calls or packages.

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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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Opportunity - Curatorial Residency, KHOJ, deadline May 15

Posted by April Steele • Wednesday, April 20. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities
KHOJ International Artists' Association invites applications for Curatorial Residency at KHOJ

Deadline: 15th May, 2011

In its second year, the Curatorial Residency is based on the model of practice-based training for curators in an attempt to develop a training ground for emerging curators. The two resident curators selected will engage with various modes of artistic practice and active involvement in critical writing. They will benefit from the support and network of art practitioners who are associated with KHOJ.

The duration of the residency will be two months (mid July to mid September) and will culminate in a project/ exhibition by end October 2011.

Requirements for the application:

Please submit:

• A copy of your latest resume

• 3 writing samples/ Post graduate thesis

• Catalogues/ documentation of exhibitions that you have curated in the past

• A brief proposal for the residency based on the curatorial concept (refer to the website)

• Two recommendation letters from art professionals who are familiar with your work

• Any additional material that may support your application

• The applicant should also articulate his/her concerns and aspirations as a curator, and offer some perspective on the context of curatorial practice in India and how their proposed curatorial project hopes to address this context.

Send by e-mail or post to:

KHOJ International Artists' Association

S-17 Khirki Extension

New Delhi -110017

E-mail: interact (at)

Application Deadline: 15th May, 2011

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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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Opportunity - Curatorial Internship, Vera List Center for Art and Politics

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

Summer Curatorial Internship
Vera List Center for Art and Politics
(New York City NY)
The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School is currently accepting applications for its 2011 summer curatorial internship.

Working closely with the director, the intern will be involved in the organization of public programs that address the intersection of art and politics, and will gain a comprehensive understanding of the center’s distinct position as a member of New York City’s cultural community. He or she will also have the opportunity to consider diverse contemporary art practices within the educational context of The New School.

The intern is expected to support the programs through curatorial input as well as administrative work. During the summer of 2011, the Vera List Center (VLC) will develop a number of distinct initiatives:

1. Public programs—panel discussions, lectures and workshops—will be planned around the center’s new curatorial theme Thingness, to be presented at The New School in Fall 2011 and Spring 2012.

2. The center is developing its next book based on the subject of Speculation, co-edited by artist Walid Raad and anthropologist Vyjayanthi Rao, designed by Project Projects.

3. The center will work closely with its newly elected fellows to advance their fellowship projects.

4. In preparation of its 20th anniversary in 2012, the center is investigating its history as it relates to larger cultural trends, transforming the center’s archive into a public resource. This may result in a print publication, artist project, Web platform, and public programs.

5. For its anniversary, the center is revamping its Switchboard Web site. The site will continue to document VLC programs but will more fully incorporate online projects, offsite debates and live events presented at The New School and elsewhere. It will also serve as the home of the VLC archive.

Undergraduate or graduate student invested in contemporary art practices
Strong office, administrative and communication skills
Excellent writing and organizational skills
Curatorial and editorial experience a plus
* Ability to work independently

The internship involves a commitment of three days per week for a minimum of nine weeks.

To apply, please submit letter of interest and resume as soon as possible to Vera List Center director Carin Kuoni at
kuonic (at)

Founded in 1992 and named in honor of the late philanthropist Vera List, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School is a catalyst for the discourse on the role of the arts in society and their relationship to the socio-political climate in which they are created. It organizes and presents public programs, workshops, roundtables, and exhibitions, and publishes occasional books that respond to some of the pressing social and political issues of our time. The center offers fellowships to emerging and accomplished cultural practitioners and artists, and supports their research as it infuses the center’s own programs. The center furthers The New School’s educational mission by bringing together scholars and students, the people of New York, and national and international audiences in an exploration of new possibilities for civic engagement.

Every few semesters, the center dedicates its programming to one overarching curatorial theme, allowing for a continuous, in-depth, and interdisciplinary investigation of the subject. In recent years themes have included “Homeland,” “Considering Forgiveness,” “The Public Domain,” “Agency,” “Branding Democracy,” and “Speculating on Change.” Starting in Fall 2011, the VLC will focus on “Thingness,” examining new notions of materiality.

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