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Job - Curator of Exhibtions, University Art Museum CSULB

Posted by April Steele • Wednesday, June 15. 2011 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

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For over 30 years, the University Art Museum (UAM) has introduced numerous artists from diverse fields to a broad audience, both nationally and internationally, and has showcased many of the most significant artistic and cultural developments of the past 50 years. The UAM program of dynamic solo exhibitions and landmark group presentations define key moments in contemporary art, reflect the global nature of art today, and span a vast array of cultural activities and media.

Time Base/Hours/Units per Week: Full-time/40 hours per week.

Position Description: The Curator of Exhibitions is responsible for the conceptualization, formulation, and presentation of exhibitions and related program that meet the museum's goals. Oversees the curatorial department and participates in the planning and development of innovative projects that are accessible for study and interpretation by the campus, local, and national communities. Assist in the preparation of grant proposals, budget, and fundraising activities.

Job Requirements

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply curatorial expertise to exhibition programs including pertinent policies, procedures, and regulations. Knowledge of cross-media installations and site-specific works desirable. Ability to understand exhibition problems from a broad, interactive perspective and discern applicable underlying principles to conceive of and develop strategic solutions. Research skills are essential, including the ability to access on-line resources and use standard library references. Demonstrated consultative skills in working with internal and external community groups. Excellent oral and written communication skills required, including proofreading expertise. Excellent organizational skills required in order to handle several projects simultaneously and meet pressing deadlines.

Ability to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community. Ability to follow all university policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures. Ability to contribute to a positive university experience for each and every student, and assist in achieving the university's commitment to a "vision of excellence."

Education and Experience: Equivalent to a bachelor's degree in a related field and three years of related experience required. Masters or M.F.A. in arts related fields preferred. Experience with the national circulation of traveling exhibitions preferred, including a background in preparing contracts, loan forms, memoranda, letters of agreement, and other related correspondence.

http://www.csulb.edu/org/uam/index.html

To apply, please contact Ilee Kaplan at kaplan(at)csulb.edu
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Pick 'N Mix - July 2008

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Thursday, July 3. 2008 • Category: Pick 'N Mix

Welcome to the July edition of Pick 'N Mix, my monthly annotated list of things that caught my eye over the course of the previous month. Check it out:

- A new Curating.info Conversations e-book has been released! Download it now.

This edition of Curating.info Conversations is with Karen Gaskill, the Director and Curator of Interval, and a Researcher at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool. She is also currently completing her practice-based PhD in Digital Media and Social Practice at the Digital Research Unit, The University of Huddersfield. The interview with Karen covered topics ranging from getting outside of the white cube to the expanding role of the audience.

- I recently discovered a blog called "Sideshows", written by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy. Recently Ms Chong Cuy has been publishing some really interesting interviews with young curators in China and Hong Kong. Recent examples include an interview with Kate Fowle, International Curator at the Ullens Centre in Beijing, wherein the notion of what "international" practice is today is discussed, and the second interview in the series is with Zoe Butt, Director of International Programs at Long March Project in Beijing, China. Well worth a read!

- Ms Chong Cuy, author of Sideshows, asked Kate Fowle to elaborate a bit more on the meaning of her title of "International Curator". Similarly, in this article we find founding film curator of University of California San Diego's ArtPower!, Rebecca Webb, discussing the difficulty of a title like "Film Curator". "A lot of people – when I'm here, anyway – say, 'Oh, do you work in a library or something?'" Ms Webb says. As curators, we all know titles have power and meaning, and this is usually why it is important professionally to seek appropriate credit for the work you have done. These specialist titles that were created for Ms Fowle and Ms Webb are meant to indicate an area of expertise, however, it is clear that it remains confusing for some people (sometimes because they don't understand what curators do in the first place, other times because the notion behind the specialism is so new?). Nomenclature is no small thing. I'll simply wonder aloud here: what can be done to indicate specialisation without inducing confusion?

- CultureGrrl (among other outlets) reported on the "leave" taken by Curator and Deputy Director David Franklin of the National Galleries of Canada. For me, this news story raised several ethical questions. Among all of the very obvious questions around the obligations of the gallery to its employees and to its public, the next issue that arose for me was of Mr Franklin's privacy. Curator at the National Galleries of Canada is a prominent position, to be sure, but did Mr Franklin ever imagine that his decision to take extended leave (or to effectively leave his post) would be fodder for the national and international press? I'm not sure that he did. Whatever his reasons, he isn't appealing to the press to make a case against his employer -- yet -- so perhaps he should be left alone, and we should presume his colleagues are capable of continuing his work, until we hear a statement from Mr Franklin himself. Or do any readers here think otherwise?
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What Do Curators Want?

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Saturday, April 21. 2007 • Category: Musings

"What Do Curators Want?" was the name of an event held recently at Side Street Projects (an art centre in Pasadena, California, USA) featuring Caryn Coleman, editor of art.blogging.la and owner of sixspace.

The promotional blurb stated:
If you go about this the wrong way, you can kill your career before it even happens. So, how do you approach curators without shooting yourself in the foot? Caryn Coleman, owner of sixspace and editor of art.blogging.la, will give you some practical advice in this free, public presentation...


They have also put Caryn's notes online, which are available in PDF format.

I was drawn to read about this event for several reasons, not the least of which was wondering how an expansive question such as "What do curators want?" would be answered. Caryn's excellent tips for artists will be very useful to those who are pursuing a relationship with a commercial gallery. It's good to see that the question was focused to cater to the needs of the local audience and the expertise of the speaker.

It did cause me to wonder what the PDF tip sheets would look like for curators with other concerns. What are the relevant parameters between artists and curators when in contexts such as the museum, the non-profit gallery, or festivals?
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