Job Opening – Curatorial Assistant, Film (04/2012)

2012 April 3

The Museum of Modern Art
New York, New York

The Museum of Modern Art is currently accepting applications for a Curatorial Assistant in its’ Film Department.  Founded in 1935 as the Film Library, this department’s collection now includes more than 22,000 films and four million film stills; the strongest international film collection in the United States, it incorporates all periods and genres. Among the holdings are original negatives of the Biograph and Edison companies, and the world’s largest collection of D. W. Griffith films. The film collection is stored in the Museum’s Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center, a state-of-the-art facility that opened in June 1996.

Reporting directly to The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, the Curatorial Assistant will assist the department’s senior curatorial staff in all areas of their responsibilities including administrative work in support of acquisitions, collections records, bibliographic and biographical records and files, research for exhibitions and publications, departmental committees, loans, and general curatorial inquiries.  Additional responsibilities are as follows:

– Performs work in relation to care of the collections and expedites arrangements for custodial, registration, and preparation work as required in the screening rooms, study and storage areas.

– Performs the duties of exhibitions assistant including research on subjects such as artists, periods, topics, styles, specific works, locations of films, photograph sources, etc. Assists with arranging loans, catalogue preparation, preparation of checklists, coordinating and scheduling work to be done within the Museum and without in such areas as conservation, public information, projection, sub-titling, shipping, etc.  Assists with the pre-screening and public projections.

– 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.

– Assists in the operation of departmental study centers.

– Works with curatorial interns as assigned.

– Keeps informed of current activity in the area of departmental interests through festival and Museum visits, publications, etc. and conveys observations to the senior staff.

Qualified candidates will possess a Bachelor’s degree in Cinema Studies, Art History or a comparable academic field and relevant work experience including competence in film and video programming and presentation protocols.  Strong research and organizational skills as well as attention to detail. Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and other standard office procedures and equipment. Reading knowledge of one or more European languages, German and French strongly preferred.

Please submit resume and cover letter, which must include salary requirements to  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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