Assistant/ Associate Curator

Job details:
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Expiring Date: 15 October 2019
Date: 16 August 2019
Sector: Visual Arts
Function: Curator/Assistant Curator
Contract: Full Time
Salary: Salary according to the experience
Place of work: United States (New York)
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Job Description

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is seeking a full-time Assistant/ Associate Curator for its world-renowned Curatorial Department. This position will provide essential support for major exhibition and publication projects while also generating expansive research on new art histories and cultural identities, which will lead to the conceptualization and generation of the position’s own exhibitions. Reporting to the Artistic Director and Chief Curator, this position will play a key role in expanding upon the museum’s mission of examining art in a global context to include under-represented voices and a more nuanced understanding of the local. 

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods.  The Guggenheim realizes this mission through exceptional exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications.  The Guggenheim strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its unique network of museums and partnerships.  With nearly three million annual visitors worldwide, the Guggenheim and its network is one of the most visited cultural institutions in the world.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist full and senior curators with research for and the development and coordination of major Tower or Rotunda-scale exhibitions. This includes all aspects of exhibitions development including:
    • administration of loan requests and negotiations;
    • liaising with exhibitions management, technical and installation teams to support implementation
    • liaising with project management and exhibition management teams in budget preparation and management for exhibitions and exhibition-related projects
    • Coordinating (and possibly writing for) accompanying publications
  • Conduct scholarly research on collection artists and artworks as needed for exhibitions, acquisitions and publications. 
  • Independently organize smaller modern or contemporary exhibitions for the Tower galleries and for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and possibly other venues (for touring collection exhibitions)
  • Serve on one or more of the museum’s acquisition committees, which entails selecting and presenting art works for purchase as well as collaborating with advancement staff to program committee activities (studio visits, travel, etc.)
  • Participate in one or more of the curatorial think tank groups (Contemporary, Modern, or Frameworks) for program ideation, collection strategy, etc.
  • Work closely with the advancement team for donor cultivation
  • Engage strategically with the museum’s social media and marketing teams to promote curatorial content
  • Work closely with the public programming team to conceptualize and execute dynamic discursive programming 

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • M.A. in Art History or the equivalent (defined as at least 3 years prior museum work experience).  Ph.D or advanced graduate studies in African-American studies and critical theory is preferred. Majors in other relevant disciplines will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Background in modern and contemporary art with demonstrated interest in African-American studies.
  • Previous experience of working in a museum curatorial department.
  • Interest and ability in curatorial research.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Professional demeanor and diplomatic approach.
  • Ability to successfully interact with a wide variety of internal and external individuals, including artists, galleries, donors, and colleagues in the museum field.
  • Ability to successfully interact and collaborate with other museum departments including Exhibition Management, Editorial, Education, Advancement, Finance, Marketing, Security, etc.
  • Proficiency in a language other than English desired but not required.
  • Knowledge of TMS and MS Office software.

The Guggenheim offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life insurance, disability and pension plan coverage.  Our staff also enjoys generous vacation, sick leave and personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores and a stimulating and collegial work environment.

Qualified applicants apply online at Only those applicants who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
 Department: Curatorial
This is a non-management position
This is a full-time position

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