The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University seeks an experienced professional and accomplished scholar to serve as Curator of African Art for its preeminent collection of sub-Saharan African art.
The Carlos Museum’s collection of African art consists of over 1,000 objects, the majority of which are masks and carved figures from West and Central Africa, particularly the numerous cultures of Nigeria, Benin (formerly Dahomey), the Cameroon Grassfields, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since 2003 the African collection has grown through select acquisitions and gifts to represent objects from East and Southern Africa, including textiles, ceramics, and jewelry.
The Curator of African Art reports to the Director, serves on a team of highly skilled collections, education, and administrative staff, and provides leadership for cross-departmental collaboration. The Curator of African Art develops and presents exhibitions, makes acquisitions, provides stewardship for donors, researches and documents the collections, develops didactic materials and programming, works with students and interns, and establishes and maintains strong community and institutional relationships. The Curator may also teach classes for the Art History Department or African Studies Program at Emory University.
The ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Art History or a related field, have at least 5 years of curatorial experience in an accredited museum, and a record of successful exhibition projects and publications.