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Associate Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art

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Metropolitan Museum of Art
United States
New York, NY
Museums/Hist. Societies
Position Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Position Type
Full Time Permanent


The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas. The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures. GENERAL STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES: The Curator will be a specialist in modern and contemporary art. Reporting to the Chairman of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, s/he will participate in research, development, and active management of the collection; initiation of collection displays, exhibitions, publications and interpretation; and participation in all activities of the Department. The curator will work with his/her colleagues to study and interpret the collection, with the goal of presenting it in meaningful and innovative ways, enhancing visitor engagement through programming within the Department and in collaboration with other departments. The curator will also work closely with curatorial colleagues to develop an acquisition strategy to enhance the scope of the museum's holdings as they relate to existing collections. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES: • Lead scholarly research on the history and interpretation of objects under his/her curatorial responsibility; further research, update, and expand the collection database for online use; • Oversee the care of the collections, working closely with conservators and collections managers; • Work collaboratively with the department chairman and curatorial colleagues to develop an acquisition strategy with a broad focus; • Collaborate with curators within the department and across the museum to conceive and organize collection displays and online research texts; • Contribute to The Met's scholarly publications, including catalogue essays and entries, as well as other printed and online content; • Contribute to public programs (visiting scholars, Education, volunteers, and the general public); • Foster and maintain good working relationships with donors, patrons, collectors, colleagues from other institutions, the scholarly community, dealers, and other individuals involved with the interests of the Museum; • In accordance with departmental objectives, interact with potential sponsors and assist with departmental patrons' groups; • Other duties as assigned Experience and Skills • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in a museum or academic institution • Proven scholarly achievement, including experience based on conducting original research and critical inquiry; • Demonstrated experience organizing collection displays and exhibitions; proven project management skills and the ability to work collaboratively; • Demonstrated engagement with artistic practice around the world; • Demonstrated scholarly achievement including evidence of original research • Demonstrated commitment to broad engagement and learning • Conceived and executed major contemporary loan exhibitions with broad scope • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with artists, museum colleagues, donors, and general public • Ability to undertake creation and maintain care of precise and widely researched records Knowledge and Education • Ph.D (or equivalent) in history of art • Expertise in twentieth and twenty-first century art • Extensive background in international modern and contemporary culture • Excellent written and spoken English • Preference for working knowledge of at least one other European OR non-European language #LI-DNI

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