New Museum Senior Research Fellow
New Museum
(New York NY)


The New Museum seeks a Senior Research Fellow to provide historical research support and to develop online, printed, and other discursive content for the museum’s curatorial and educational programming. The Fellow, operating within both the curatorial and education departments, reports to the Director of Exhibitions and the Director of Education . The Research Fellow will gain invaluable experience in the theory and practice of curation, education, exhibition, administration, and other museum functions as well as play a critical role in the development of the New Museum Digital Archive. The Fellow will work to emphasize the necessary art historical links between the museum’s upcoming exhibitions and other programs and the ever-evolving canon of contemporary art. This work will enrich both the public’s experience of our digital and other scholarly resources as well as the curatorial department’s exhibition planning. This position is a two-year post with a competitive salary and benefits. The post begins fall 2013 and concludes summer 2015, with the opportunity for a one year extension as appropriate.


1.Conduct extensive research on the historical context of upcoming New Museum exhibitions and provide comprehensive syllabi on key concepts and themes.

2.Coordinate the periodic convening of curator and scholar research groups for upcoming exhibitions, which will result in online and/or print publications.

3.Participate in writing and editing online and printed publications for exhibitions.

4.Participate in conceiving, writing, and editing thematic volumes, including the New Museum Anthologies.

5.Develop exhaustive bibliographies of primary source documents for exhibitions which will be shared with curators during exhibition planning and later with the public on the Digital Archive.

6.Organize public programs, such as lectures and panels, on themes related to upcoming exhibitions and other museum projects.

7.Curate thematic features within the Digital Archive that relate issues and themes of upcoming exhibitions to the museum’s programmatic past, and examine artists’ early works in relation to current works.

8.Develop a longer and more in-depth term research program on one or two key thematic tracks relating to New Museum exhibitions and projects, which will result in online Digital Archive features, as well as a print publication and/or scholarly convening.


-Pre – or post-doctoral candidates; art history or curatorial studies focus.

-Field of expertise within contemporary art.

-Previous experience working in a museum setting and/or curating exhibitions desirable.


This full-time position begins in September and requires on-site availability at the museum.
Interested candidates should e-mail a letter of interest, resume, three reference contacts, and a writing sample to with the subject line “Senior Research Fellow.” We will be conducting interviews from September 9th – 12th and will be in touch should your qualifications fit our needs. No phone calls please.


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