Job Opening – Curatorial Assistant (10/2011)

2011 October 17

The Museum of Modern Art
New York, New York

The Museum of Modern Art is currently accepting applications for a Curatorial Assistant position in its Department of Drawings.

The Curatorial Assistant will assist the department’s senior curatorial staff in all areas of their responsibilities including administrative work in the context of curatorial functions such as acquisitions, collections records, bibliographic and biographical records and files, research for exhibitions and publications, departmental committee loans, and general curatorial inquiries.

Additional responsibilities include:

– Performs work in relation to the care of the collections and expedites arrangements for custodial, registration, and preparation work as required by the curators in the maintenance of the collection in gallery, study, and storage areas.

– Conducts daily collection gallery inspections and assists with follow-up arrangements in the event of damage, deterioration, etc.

– Performs the duties of exhibitions assistant including research on subjects such as artists, periods, styles, etc., on specific works, on locations of works, on photograph sources, etc.

– Assists with arranging loans; catalogue preparation; preparation of checklists including compiling and typing; coordinating and scheduling work to be done within the Museum and without in such areas as conservation, photography, public information, matting and framing, construction, lighting, etc.

– Assists with the installation of wall labels.  Conducts daily inspection of works on view in temporary exhibitions and assists in necessary follow-up arrangements; answers inquiries and conducts some gallery tours as necessary for visitors, etc.

– Researches and catalogues the Museum Collection and Archives under senior staff supervision and answers related inquiries from the public and scholars with regard to such information.

Master’s degree in Art History is strongly preferred with a particular expertise/exposure to art from the post-war period through to contemporary. Some prior curatorial experience is a plus.  Superior research and writing skills and fluency in a foreign language, preferably French, Spanish or Polish, (both verbal and in writing) is also required.  Additional requirements include:  strong organizational skills and attention to detail; working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and other standard office procedures and equipment.

Please submit resume and cover letter, which must include salary requirements directly to jobs@moma.org.  Please reference the position title in the subject line.

The Museum of Modern Art 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.

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