Job Opening – Curatorial Assistant | Prints and Illustrated Books (08/2012)

2012 August 8

The Museum of Modern Art
New York, New York

Assists the department’s senior curatorial staff with research for exhibitions and publications and administrative work in the context of curatorial functions such as acquisitions, collections records, bibliographic and biographical records and files, departmental committee meetings, loans, and general curatorial inquiries. 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. Conducts research on subjects such as artists, periods, styles, etc., and on specific works, on locations of works, on photograph sources, etc. Assists in 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 preparation and installation of wall labels. Conducts daily inspection of the works on view in temporary exhibitions and assists with necessary follow-up arrangements, answers inquiries and conducts some gallery tours as necessary for visitors, etc. Researches and catalogs the Museum collection under senior staff supervision and answers related inquiries from the public and scholars. Reports to senior curatorial titles.

Requirements: Master’s degree in art history strongly preferred, with a particular expertise in/exposure to art from 1880 to the present. Some prior curatorial experience is a plus. Superior research and writing skills and some knowledge of the history of printed art and/or printmaking techniques are required. Knowledge of a foreign language, particularly French or German, strongly preferred. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other standard office procedures and equipment.

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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