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Curatorial Assistant [The Guggenheim]

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on February 15, 1973 in job announcements |

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is seeking a Curatorial Assistant to the Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator. As a member of the Curatorial Department, the Curatorial Assistant will assist with research for upcoming exhibitions on Fischli/Weiss and Postminimalism and will be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of records, databases, and files related to the exhibitions.

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.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
There are no direct reports associated with this position.

Key Responsibilities:

• Conduct scholarly research on the two exhibition topics.

• Manage exhibition databases, loan correspondence and exhibition files.

• Conduct image research and obtain visual and audio materials and reproduction and usage permissions for catalogue, films, internet and other sources.

• Assist Exhibition Manager with preparation of curatorial budgets and analyze and review entire exhibition budget.

• Assist in preparation of exhibition texts, including labels and checklists.

• Work closely with Registrar and Conservation departments on object/loan related issues.

• Work on all aspects of publications from research and fact-checking to review of manuscripts and translations through final production.

• Assist with development of special programs and information materials intended for the general public for Education and Visitor Services, including symposia, brochures, audiotour, and digital media.

• Develop materials for other departments and act as a liaison with these departments including: Development, Public Affairs, Marketing, Retail, and Membership.

• Assist in oversight of all design and graphic design aspects, including signage, pedestals, wall construction, lighting, etc.

• Assist with exhibition layout, coordinate design-related matters, and assist with installation.

• Assist with daily administrative functions, including but not limited to, handling mail, drafting correspondence, and submitting invoices for payment.

Qualifications and Requirements:

• M.A. in Art History or the equivalent and at least 3 years prior museum work experience.  Majors in other relevant disciplines will also be considered on a case by case basis.

• Background in contemporary art history required.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

• Professional demeanor and diplomatic skills.

• Ability to successfully interact with a wide variety of internal and external individuals, including collectors, galleries, donors, and colleagues in the museum field.

• Proficiency in French, German, or Italian desired.

• Knowledge of computer databases and MS Office software.

• Writing sample to be provided upon request.

The Guggenheim offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and retirement 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 please send your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to employment@guggenheim.org.  Indicate the job title “Curatorial Assistant” in the subject line.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Website: http://www.guggenheim.org/

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