Job Opening – Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art (02/2012)

2012 February 26

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn, New York

The Brooklyn Museum seeks an assistant curator of Contemporary Art to participate in a fast-paced and dynamic area of growth within the Museum. The successful candidate will be deeply familiar with a broad range of contemporary art and will assist with development and implementation of both collections growth and programs.

Responsibilities:  The duties of the Assistant Curator include but are not limited to the following:  The assistant curator will support all departmental activities under the direction of the curator of Contemporary Art. These include: maintaining and updating departmental records; researching and documenting collection objects; fielding and responding to inquiries from the general public and scholars; assisting in the upkeep of and alterations to permanent installations; preparing gallery didactics; caring for museum objects in conjunction with museum conservators; assisting in the maintenance of an active loan schedule; assisting in the preparation of exhibitions and publications; interacting with curatorial colleagues on collaborative exhibition projects; collaborating with museum educators in the preparation of didactic materials; participating in the cultivation of department patrons; attending and assisting with the Contemporary Acquisitions Committee.

Requirements: Advanced degree in Art History or related field, Ph.D. preferred; minimum of two years experience in a curatorial department; advanced word processing skills and familiarity with databases; strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task; good interpersonal skills, creativity, openness and flexibility. Preference given to candidates with a background in photography.

Candidates should be committed to making a range of Contemporary art and practices accessible and engaging to the Brooklyn Museum’s diverse audience. Candidates should have the ability and desire to make connections between contemporary art and a range of art historical traditions and to suggest creative ways of presenting contemporary art in the context of an encyclopedic museum.  Candidates should have the temperament and interpersonal skills necessary to work with a team of educators, conservators, designers, and other museum professionals. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and research skills are essential.

Starting date: Spring 2012

Work Schedule: Full time, 35 hours Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evenings and weekends as needed.

Reports to: Managing Curator/Curator of Contemporary Art

To apply: Mail letter of interest, CV with three references and a two-page writing sample to Curatorial Department at: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY  11238-6052 or by email at:

Applicants for positions at the Brooklyn Museum are considered without regard to race, creed, color, country of origin, sex, age, citizenship, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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