Eating in museums

We normally think of eating/drinking and museums as mutually exclusive, but here’s a couple of fun, local events this week that put that idea to rest:

  • For “Historic Beer in a Historic Place,” the Old State House is hosting Blue Hills Brewery for a chance to “taste beer, learn about pubs and drinking in the 18th century, and listen to a Blue Hills Brewery Representative speak about their delicious beer.”
  • The ICA’s “Talking Taste” program is billed as a time to “join Boston’s best chefs for Friday-night al fresco cooking demonstrations–and tastings! Learn trade secrets and sample delectable bites, all while enjoying breathtaking waterfront views of Boston Harbor from the ICA Grandstand.” This Friday’s chef is Alexander Crabb, Chef/Co-Owner of Asta.

Curatorial Assistant [Institute of Contemporary Art]

The Institute of Contemporary Art

Position Title:
Work Schedule:

Position Overview:
The Curatorial Assistant will assist with exhibition research, maintenance of documents and
images and support of the overall exhibition process by working with department colleagues,
other ICA departments and exhibiting artists.

Job Responsibilities:
• Assist the Chief Curator with a range of research and administrative tasks.
• For exhibition and collection development: research artists and works of art; coordinate and
correspond with artists and galleries; coordinate hotel and travel arrangements.
• Assist curators with catalogue and brochure production, including gathering of images,
securing rights and reproductions, and maintaining project schedules.
• Maintain exhibition check lists.
• Write, submit, and edit text for the ICA New Magazine in collaboration with curators and
communication staff.
• Give tours in conjunction with the education and development departments as needed.
• Respond to artists’ inquiries, slide submissions, and traveling exhibition proposals.
• Coordinate mailings related to exhibitions, catalogues, and brochures.
• Develop contacts with artists, galleries, writers and colleagues.
• Assist Chief Curator with travel arrangements.
• Sort, open, and respond to mail.

Additional requirements of the position:
The Curatorial Assistant will demonstrate a sound knowledge of art history, excellent writing
ability, effective public presentation skills, and capacity to work collaboratively with colleagues
in all departments as well as an interest in communicating to diverse audiences about
contemporary art. In addition, the Curatorial Assistant will be able to work flexible hours when
required and have the ability to work concurrently on multiple projects.

The salary for this position is commensurate with education and experience.

The ICA offers an excellent fringe benefits package to include health and dental insurance,
flexible spending plan, 403 (b) retirement plan, and a generous holiday, vacation, sick and
personal time off policy.

Interested candidates should send letter of interest, resume and salary history to both and When applying, include “Curatorial
Assistant” in subject line of email.

The ICA is an equal opportunity employer. We are located at 100 Northern Avenue, Boston, and
accessible by public transportation.

Curatorial Assistant
Chief Curator for departmental work; Sr. Curator for Exhibition work
Full Time, 40 hours per week

Gallery Educator [Institute of Contemporary Art]

Job Title: Gallery Educator
The Institute of Contemporary Art | Boston Education Department seeks Tufts Juniors and Seniors, Graduate Students or Alumni to work in the galleries during the upcoming shows:
– Catherine Opie: Empty and Full
– The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl

Both exhibitions open on April 12 and run through to September 4, 2011 Training sessions will happen on April 11, 12, 14, and 15.

Students will serve as Gallery Educators and must be versed on art history, focusing on contemporary art and ideas.

Department: Education
Reports To: Manager of Gallery Learning & Interpretive Media
Position Status: Temporary, April through early September 2011

As the face of the ICA’s Education Department, Gallery Educators engage and excite visitors about the art work on display. Gallery Educators answer visitor’s questions, engage in dialogue, give brief talks in the galleries, and direct visitors to other educational resources. Being a Gallery Educator requires enthusiasm, interest, availability, and knowledge of contemporary visual art.

* Must be a Junior or Senior Undergraduate student, Graduate Student or Alumni
* Interest in teaching or experience with object-based learning
* Knowledge of contemporary art history required
* Strong verbal communication skills; Public speaking experience required
* Ability to think on your feet

* Facilitate discussions in the galleries, according to guidelines set by the Education Department staff
* Provide visitors with information, brochures, and gallery talks during museum hours
* Attend required training sessions and meetings
* Along with the formal training, it is expected that a Gallery Educator will be self motivated and will educate him or herself on the exhibits and artwork so that they have as much background as possible to share with the visitors.
* Availability on Saturdays from 11:30am-5pm, and/or Sundays from 11:30am-5pm.

Salary: The salary for this position is $10.00 per hour. Training will be provided prior to the start of the position. Attendance is required at training sessions.

Type of Job: Part Time

Job Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Majors Wanted: Art History

Company Name: The Institute of Contemporary Art

Employer Web Site:

Company Description:
The Institute of Contemporary Art has been at the leading edge of art in Boston for seventy years. Like its iconic building on Boston’s waterfront, the ICA offers new ways of engaging with the world around us. Our exhibitions and programs provide access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process, inviting audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the excitement of new art and ideas.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Yes

Contact Name: Emma Fernandez
Address: 100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

Application Instructions:
Interested candidates should send letter of interest and resume When applying include “Gallery Educator Opie/Record” in subject line of email.

Questions should be directed to Emma Fernandez, Manager of Gallery Learning & Interpretive Media at the ICA by emailing at