The New Museum Teaching Fellow program provides an opportunity for qualified graduate students to conduct new research and administer tours of New Museum exhibitions. Fellows will lead drop-in public tours, private tours, and New Perspectives tours that they will develop through independent research and in consultation with New Museum staff. These tours will look closely at the objects and installations on view, zooming in on artists’ practices and intersecting with relevant social, political, historical, technological, or cultural conversations. Teaching Fellows will learn a variety of techniques that encourage audiences to creatively view, analyze, and discuss art through training sessions and tour observation. Teaching Fellows will use their specialized knowledge of contemporary art and culture to offer creative, enriching, and accessible tours of the New Museum’s exhibitions to the public. In turn, the New Museum will provide an immersive experience for rigorous scholarship on artists and their work in current exhibitions. Qualifications Teaching Fellows must have a minimum of an MA in Art History or a related field and be currently enrolled in an advanced postgraduate program. Graduates who have recently completed their PhD may be considered. Candidates must be comfortable with public speaking and have an enthusiasm for engaging a variety of audiences in close looking and critical thought. Responsibilities Duties include but are not limited to the following: - Develop and facilitate New Perspectives tours of current Museum exhibitions that engage a specific point of view. Teaching Fellows are asked to lead weekly New Perspectives tours. - Research, plan, and facilitate public and private tours on New Museum exhibitions. Public tours are offered Tuesday through Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3 p.m. Fellows are asked to lead one New Perspectives tour per week during these times and additional individually scheduled private tours, as needed. - Engage a general public with a wide range of contemporary art experience. - Participate in continued training sessions, including exhibition walkthroughs, meetings, and tour assessments. - Provide information about the New Museum’s institutional history, Membership, exhibitions, public programs, and visitor services. Support Teaching Fellows are required to commit to a year period from June, 2018 through July 2019, with an opportunity to extend the fellowship. Teaching Fellows will receive financial compensation for training sessions, research, and each tour.
Please email your résumé and cover letter to Holly Harmon, Manager of Gallery Interpretation and Academic Outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 23, 2018.