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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.

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