THE ART COMPLEX MUSEUM – Collections Curator
CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART – Chief Curator
ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM – Curator Islamic Art & Culture
PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM – Curator of South Asian Art
The Art Complex Museum
COLLECTIONS CURATOR search
Application Deadline: February 22, 2018
The Art Complex Museum (ACM) in Duxbury, Massachusetts seeks a full-time Collections Curator to join the staff of this family-founded museum on the cusp of its 50th anniversary in 2021. The Collections Curator will have the opportunity to develop significant collections-based exhibitions, some of which could travel; to work with staff to conserve, research and catalogue the collections; to develop new programs and interpretations; work with trustees and staff to refine the collections policy; liaise with other museums, scholars, and art professionals to enhance the stature of the collection; and work as a hands-on member of the staff in the daily activities of this small museum. The Collections Curator reports to the Director and works closely with the Collections Manager and the Curator of Contemporary Art. The ACM collection comprises more than 8,000 objects collected by the Weyerhaeuser family plus subsequent acquisitions over the past 50 years and features 4 main categories: American paintings (both historic and contemporary), master prints, Shaker furniture/crafts, and Asian art, including a remarkable assemblage of modern Japanese ceramics. The museum actively acquires new work, and selections from the collection are on permanent, rotating view and are complemented by a robust, active program of temporary exhibitions, usually featuring living artists, both regional and national. Programming features concerts, lectures, tea ceremonies, art classes, workshops, and school visits. The ACM has an operating budget of about $1 million and a staff of 12. The 13-acre wooded campus with outdoor sculpture provides a unique encounter with nature and art.
The ACM’s mission encompasses both sharing the collection with a broad public and being an active arts center for regional community engagement, learning and inspiration. The Mission is:
“The intention of the Art Complex is to be a resource to the community it serves, not only as a fine building built entirely of wood, but also as a forum for education to school children, as well as adults, who may visit it, through its library, its art collection and its exhibits. It provides musical and other cultural programs in its facilities, which include a unique, authentic Japanese teahouse where visitors are introduced to the ways of another culture.” In the words of the cofounder, Carl A. Weyerhaeuser, “The purpose for the Art Complex Museum is to collect, house, protect, and display beautiful things for the enjoyment of the public. From this inspiration it is hoped school children, artists, weekend painters, everyone who studies, sees, hears, feels, will leave the Art Complex to do their work better.”
- Propose, develop and execute a significant exhibition saluting the 50th Anniversary of the ACM in 2021, along with related activities and an anniversary publication.
- Organize collections-based exhibitions every 2-3 years, including research, possible loans, traveling opportunities and related didactics.
- Provide input to the Collections Manager/Registrar and the curatorial staff for creating rotations of the collection in the Rotations Gallery, the entryway gallery and in cases in the library and the hallway.
- In collaboration with the Collections Manager/Registrar, advise the Director of the suitability of loans in and out of the museum.
- In partnership with the Education Coordinator, develop program initiatives as they relate to the permanent collection.
- Participate with the Director and other senior staff members to establish institutional vision, strategic plans, priorities, policies, and procedures.
- Oversee collection research and cataloguing, utilizing the PastPerfect software.
- Work with the Collections Committee and the Director to develop a more detailed Collections Plan, including identifying priorities for conservation and storage improvements; for evaluating and proposing acquisitions and gifts, with conditions for their acceptance or rejection, and for deaccessioning; and for research and cataloguing. Implement deaccessions as approved.
- Identify and oversee monitoring of best available standards of care and protection for the collection and borrowed works.
- Oversee research and production of publications on the collection and temporary exhibitions and contribute articles to scholarly and popular journals when appropriate and as time permits.
- Give gallery talks and lectures about the Museum, the collections, and current exhibitions related to the collection to a variety of constituents, from volunteers and businesspeople to scholars; and as requested, serve as a face of the museum in the community.
- Submit information for press releases and, with the Communications Coordinator, suggest publicity materials and approaches for exhibitions.
- Handle departmental administrative duties, including project-planning and priority-setting, overseeing exhibit-installation teams, preparing and monitoring budgets, and preparing regular and annual reports.
- Share the responsibility of museum security and operations with other staff members; be hands-on and available for staffing museum events, including working rotating weekends and occasional evenings.
- Ensure the Museum has a productive professional relationship with peer professionals and institutions locally, regionally and nationally.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Education, Training and Experience
- MA or equivalent required in art history or curatorial studies, preferably in an area of strength of the collections, for example Asian ceramics, Shaker arts, prints, or American paintings. PhD desirable.
- Minimum of 5 years applied curatorial experience, including knowledge of how loan exhibitions are created, produced and installed.
- Knowledge of professional museum principles, practices and procedures.
- Knowledge of research tools and methodology, as well as catalogue publishing.
- Other experience that demonstrates ability to plan, collaborate and achieve initiatives.
- Alignment with the founding family’s legacy and the current Mission of the Museum. A track record demonstrating that one’s exhibitions and activities advanced an institution’s mission and goals.
Skills and Abilities
- Ability to quickly learn about the broad range of works in the collection. Capability to interpret them and communicate knowledge to the general public in relevant and engaging ways.
- Self-directed, able to work independently and effectively, but also evidences the capacity to work collaboratively with curators, staff, volunteers, trustees, and community stakeholders.
- Experience with and capability for departmental administrative responsibilities, including project-planning and priority-setting, overseeing exhibit-installation teams, preparing and monitoring budgets, preparing reports, and meeting deadlines.
- Outgoing, enthusiastic personality preferred. Communicative, with a sense of humor.
- Must be adaptable, patient and flexible; enjoys team-based approaches to decision-making.
- Interested in attracting both broad audiences and specialists.
- Excellent written, verbal, and listening communication skills and ability to communicate clearly and professionally; ability and willingness to serve as a public face for the Museum.
- Understands and maintains high ethical standards related to organizational responsibilities and public accountability.
- Computer skills beyond the office suite preferred, including collection database software and social media.
HOW TO APPLY
Nominations and inquiries welcome. To apply: email cover letter and résumé (Word documents preferred), salary request or range, and names of 3 references with contact information by February 22, 2018 to: Connie Rosemont, Senior Search Consultant, and Marilyn Hoffman, Principal, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant, and all applications and nominations are kept confidential. EOE.
John Singer Sargent, The Confession, 1914 (L); Albert Bierstadt, Wreck on the Italian Coast, 1862 (R)
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The Art Complex Museum opened its doors in 1971 to share with the public the remarkable collection of Carl A. and Edith Greenleaf Weyerhaeuser, and with the broader goal of serving as a regional arts center with active cultural programming. Carl Weyerhaeuser collected rare books, American paintings, Asian art, works on paper including American and European master prints (such as Rembrandt’s 1654 etching Descent from the Cross by Torchlight), and Shaker furniture and crafts. The ACM collection now totals about 8,000 items, including approximately 1,800 works from the collection of Leland and Paula Wyman and others. Its holdings of modern Japanese ceramics and American landscape paintings are particularly renowned. Artists in the American collection include Benjamin West, Thomas Doughty, Sanford Gifford, Jaspar Cropsey, George Inness, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, George Bellows and Charles Burchfield. The Japanese ceramics collection largely comprises tea ceremony vessels and utensils collected in Japan in the 1970s from potters at 13 regional kiln sites, including Hagi, Bizen and several Kyoto potteries; and several other historically important pieces, including an early Raku tea bowl by Chōjirō. The museum continues to collect Japanese ceramics, especially works by Japanese women potters. The museum features two large galleries totaling 375 running feet of wall space. The Weyerhaeuser Research Library serves the public, scholars and artists with over 8,000 titles, including rare books and manuscripts and artists’ books. The ACM maintains an active, year-round calendar of exhibitions, art classes and workshops, lectures and gallery talks, concerts, and family and adult programs. The beautiful wooded 13-acre campus includes an authentic Japanese teahouse where traditional tea ceremonies are offered in summer, an outdoor sculpture garden, and the historic Judah Alden House, where art classes and small student/faculty exhibitions are held.
Gallery talk (L); Tea ceremony at the Japanese Teahouse Shofuan, designed by Sano Gofu,1975 (R)
Admission is free, and the ACM is open year-round. The Modernist wood facility was designed by the ACM’s first director Ture Bengtz and architect Richard Owen Abbott. Current Director Charles Weyerhaeuser (BFA, Boston Museum School) is the son of the founders and has served as Director since 1974. The staff of 12 is devoted and mainly long-serving. The Board of Directors comprises 10 members, several of whom are Weyerhaeuser family members. The strong family role in the governance of the museum ensures the continuation of the public-serving legacy of the founders. The ACM is endowed and financially secure; consequently, the Collections Curator is asked to do only passive donor cultivation for collection gifts, not active fundraising or grant-writing. To learn more, visit: http://www.artcomplex.org/index.html and http://www.artcomplex.org/collections.html.
ABOUT DUXBURY, THE REGION, AND BOSTON
Duxbury, Massachusetts is an affluent seaside community located 35 miles southeast of Boston. As part of Boston’s suburban South Shore and on the edge of Cape Cod Bay, it is commutable from Boston, Providence and the Cape. The town is in a region steeped in history, with several of the Mayflower’s passengers among its founders and Plimoth Plantation just 12 miles south. The area is rich in natural beauty, and the outdoors is quickly accessible through a network of conservation lands with trails, hiking and beaches. An active maritime community of boaters and fisherman and many artists call the region home. The public-school system is highly rated and metropolitan amenities are at-hand in nearby Boston.
One of American’s leading intellectual centers, Boston boasts some of the most prestigious universities and medical centers in the world. The city is a world-class center for banking, health care and technology research. It is also steeped in 400 years of history, which it preserves and celebrates, while maintaining many distinct and historic neighborhoods. As a metropolis, it is home to numerous attractions including museums, theatres, musical events and many restaurant and brewery opportunities. The suburbs have some of the nation’s top-rated school systems. Boston is served by a strong public transportation system and offers outdoor recreation along the Charles River and Atlantic Ocean. Sports fans enjoy the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins, as well as the soccer team, the Revolution. New England’s bountiful outdoor recreational activities are quickly accessible, including sailing, hiking and skiing.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
CHIEF CURATOR search
Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Dream. Discover. Do. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art seeks a Chief Curator to lead the Curatorial and Collections Management departments toward accomplishing the Museum’s mission of “welcoming all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature.” The Chief Curator will report to the Executive Director to help shape and implement the Museum’s curatorial objectives. The Chief Curator will collaborate with the Director of the new Momentary under development, and with the Director of Curatorial Affairs who will be leading two major Museum art initiatives. The Chief Curator will be encouraged to champion fresh thinking and approaches to art and to seize opportunities to be creative, experimental and innovative.
The Chief Curator must be a flexible leader and self-propelled manager with a collaborative spirit. They will be adventurous and entrepreneurial, and be comfortable working within a non-traditional organizational structure that values cross-departmental collaboration, teamwork, and seeking new ideas from unconventional sources. The Chief Curator will be committed to exploring the evolving relationships between art museums and their audiences with an emphasis on art experiences in service to visitors. Contemporary art is a special emphasis for the Museum in its next phase of development. Primary responsibilities include oversight of department administration and budget; inspiring and mentoring the staff teams; as well as collection growth, research and care; developing an exciting exhibition program in collaboration with the Director of Curatorial Affairs and the Director of Exhibitions & Interpretation; and donor development and stewardship. The Chief Curator can also create his/her own curatorial projects as time permits.
The Chief Curator serves as a member of the senior management team under the leadership of Executive Director Rod Bigelow, who envisions Crystal Bridges as a national model for leading-edge museum experiences. At six years old, Crystal Bridges is in many ways a start-up institution poised for significant advancement in its next phase of development. The extraordinary vision and support from the Museum’s founder, Alice Walton, and the Walton Family Foundation, has positioned Crystal Bridges to have significant cultural impact in the region, nationally, and globally. The Chief Curator will play a pivotal role in bringing out-of-the-box thinking and curatorial leadership in support of the Museum’s goals, and new initiatives yet to be imagined.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Opened to the public on November 11, 2011, Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation. Since opening, the Museum has welcomed 3.4 million visitors and garnered 14,000 households in its membership. More than 150,000 schoolchildren have taken part in the Museum’s Willard and Pat Walker School Visit program. The Museum has a staff of 250 and an annual budget of $28 million.
The Museum takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building. Designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the 201,000 square foot complex comprises a series of pavilions that house galleries nestled around two spring-fed ponds, and includes meeting and classroom spaces and a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall. Sculpture and walking/bike trails link the Museum’s 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas. The Museum is rapidly building an internationally recognized collection of American art, featuring both historical and contemporary masterpieces.
In spring of 2017 Crystal Bridges Museum announced the creation of an innovative contemporary arts venue now under development in downtown Bentonville. Newly named the Momentary, it is an adaptive reuse project that will transform a decommissioned Kraft Foods plant south of Crystal Bridges into a multi-disciplinary space for visual and performing arts and an artist-in-residence program. The Momentary will open in 2020 under a dynamic new director recruited from Europe.
COLLECTION AND EXHIBITIONS
Crystal Bridges’ collection spans five centuries of American art from the 17th century to today and is comprised of 2,500 paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photography, and new media. It includes art by Gilbert Stuart, John Singleton Copley, Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, James McNeil Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Robert Henri, George Bellows, Stuart Davis, Edward Curtis, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Alfredo Ramos-Martinez, Norman Rockwell, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Joan Mitchell, Donald Judd, Marisol, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Fritz Scholder, Romare Bearden, Louise Bourgeois, Faith Ringgold, Ruth Asawa, Mark Di Suvero, Emmi Whitehorse, Kerry James Marshall, and Carrie Mae Weems. The Museum also embraces architecture in its collections including the Bachman-Wilson House, a 1956 Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian home, and Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome. The collection, which is available online at www.crystalbridges.org, continues to grow today thanks to an acquisition endowment with an emphasis on fulfilling the Museum’s mission of welcoming all.
The Museum presents a varied temporary exhibition program that responds to and expands the collection reach to broad audiences. To accomplish this, Crystal Bridges organizes and partners with other institutions to present thematic explorations ranging from Mexican-American border issues and the American road trip to monographic presentations of such well-known artists as Norman Rockwell and Dale Chihuly.
POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
- Contribute to the creation, management, and strategic direction of the Curatorial and Collections Management departments, ensuring alignment with the strategic plan and other key departments of the institution.
- Serve on the senior management team.
- With an entrepreneurial mindset, partner with leadership of the Momentary, Art Bridges, and other art initiatives to activate curatorial engagement.
- Oversee collection growth, research and care; develop an exciting collection exhibition program in collaboration with the Director of Exhibitions & Interpretation and the Director of Curatorial Affairs.
- Galvanize the Curatorial team in conjunction with the Exhibitions & Interpretation and Education teams to create innovative temporary exhibition content and exhibition programming.
- Collaborate in the development of installation and interpretation plans for the Museum’s collections and exhibitions.
- Identify, recruit, hire, train, manage, mentor, inspire and evaluate staff members to achieve the goals of the department and Museum.
- Oversee the Collection Management team in their work to identify, implement, and monitor best available standards of care and protection for both the permanent collection and borrowed art works.
- Provide collection-plan strategies, evaluating and proposing acquisitions and gifts, and overseeing the acquisition process.
- In partnership with Education provide direction on plans for the Museum’s programmatic development as it relates to the permanent collection.
- Plan, develop, implement, and manage approved budgets, and allocation of resources for the department.
- Actively participate in guest assessment to ensure community engagement.
- Participate in the production of publications on the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Conduct research and write exhibition labels, didactics, and catalogues as well as contributing articles to scholarly and popular journals when appropriate and as time permits.
- Ensure the Museum has a lively and productive relationship with peer professionals and institutions locally, regionally and nationally.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
Education, Training, and Traits:
- Minimum: Master’s degree in art history or related field.
- Expertise in or solid knowledge of contemporary art is a plus.
- Applied knowledge of professional museum principles, practices and procedures.
- Knowledge of research tools and methodology.
- Self-directed and motivated.
- Collaborative by nature.
- Flexible and helpful.
- Thrives in a fast-paced environment.
- Thrives in a start-up atmosphere, one of continual growth and rapid change.
- Entrepreneurial, creative risk-taker, out-of-the-box thinker.
- Non-hierarchal style of leadership.
- Minimum of 4 years management-level museum or comparable experience required.
- Minimum of 5 years applied curatorial experience.
- Demonstrated experience managing substantial department, project and/or program budgets.
- Other experience that demonstrates ability to lead and achieve within nontraditional structures, creative enterprises and cultural initiatives.
Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent written, verbal, and listening communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and professionally.
- Strong staff management and mentoring skills.
- Demonstrated organizational planning, problem-solving and collaboration skills.
- Effective interpersonal skills, tactful, and diplomatic.
- Evidences a style of trust and respect, support rather than control, and team over self.
- Ability to interpret the collection and to communicate knowledge about it in a manner that is relevant to the general public.
- Ability to perform and oversee scholarly research in the field.
- Highly developed public speaking skills.
- Self-directed, able to work independently and effectively.
- Understands and maintains highest ethical standards related to organizational responsibilities and public accountability.
- Ability to create and successfully manage an annual budget.
- Proficient computer skills in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Database and additional software knowledge preferred.
ABOUT BENTONVILLE AND THE REGION
Bentonville is the headquarters of Walmart, the world’s largest retailer and the world’s largest corporation on the Fortune 500 list. The Walton family, through its Walton Family Foundation, continues to make significant cultural investments in the city and region and, as part of its mission, is helping Northwest Arkansas become known as a place focused on high quality of life for all. Bentonville has developed dramatically in recent years, and today, a lively downtown supports restaurants, breweries, shops, entertainment venues, and the Amazeum, an interactive children’s museum.
Bentonville is located within the Ozark Mountain region and has a wealth of outdoor-recreation opportunities. Over the past decade, the community has developed some of the best bike-trail infrastructure in the central United States, with almost 100 miles of soft-surface bike trails, with many accessible from the city and the Museum. In 2016 Outside Online named Bentonville one of the top 25 “best burgs on the planet.” Interstate 49 provides convenient access to nearby Ozark National Forest and to other cities. Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is nearby and offers daily, nonstop flights to major cities nationally.
The city and region offer a wide range of cultural amenities including music, theatre, ballet and opera. The 1,200 seat Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, 30 miles away, is the largest performing arts center in Arkansas and is home to Symphony Northwest Arkansas, TheatreSquared, Trike Youth Theatre, and the Community Creative Center, providing art studios for adults and youth. Walmart AMP (Arkansas Music Performance) is a 7,000-seat outdoor venue featuring popular contemporary music and other performances in Rogers, 9 miles away. Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is a 587-seat music venue; and the Arends Arts Center in Bentonville is a multi-use facility that is home to the Northwest Arkansas Ballet Theatre and host to opera and other performances. The Bentonville Film Festival occurs every May.
In addition to Bentonville, nearby options for living include Rogers, Lowell, Springdale and Fayetteville, home to the University of Arkansas, which saw record enrollment in 2017 with 27,500 students. The University is one of the top ten fastest-growing public universities in the nation. There are five other private colleges and universities within 20 miles of Bentonville.
In August 2017, the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation established the School of Art through a $120 million gift to establish and support a school of art. This gift creates the first and only accredited, collegiate school of art in the state of Arkansas, and will propel art education and research in the state forward while also providing unparalleled access and opportunity to students. The long-term goal is to help position the School of Art as a center of excellence in art education, art history, graphic design and studio art curriculum. Core to this initiative is strengthening the relationship between the Museum and the University of Arkansas.
Nominations and Applications are Welcome
This is a highly attractive opportunity to work in a senior position at a renowned and rapidly transforming AAMD-member museum that has ambitions to be one of the world’s great art destinations. Nominations and applications are welcome in strict confidence by contacting Dan Keegan or Marilyn Hoffman at email@example.com.
How to Apply
All applications and nominations are kept confidential. Email cover letter and résumé (Word documents preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by February 1, 2018 to: Dan Keegan and Marilyn Hoffman, Museum Search and Reference, firstname.lastname@example.org. EOE. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.
Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CURATOR – ISLAMIC ART & CULTURE search
Application Deadline: October 23, 2017
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s celebrated international museum and houses important collections in Art, Cultures and Nature (www.rom.on.ca). The ROM is the largest Museum in Canada, attracting more than one million visitors per year, with an annual operating budget of $65 million, and is a world leader in communicating its research and collections to visitors. The ROM features 40 galleries and exhibition spaces in its original heritage building and its 2007 Michael Lee-Chin Crystal designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind. Toronto, the fourth-largest city in North America, is a cosmopolitan, multinational city of 2.9 million on Lake Ontario. The Greater Toronto Area had a population of 6.1 million in 2015 and is growing rapidly.
The ROM seeks a dynamic, energetic, innovative individual with a track record of success in both research and exhibitions. The successful candidate will be involved in developing and implementing strategy to build, manage, and interpret the collection of Islamic Art and lead its interpretation and presentation to general and academic audiences. The ROM’s collection of Islamic Art & Cultures is the largest in Canada with over 10,000 objects. The historical collection has strengths in ceramics and manuscripts, reflecting the remarkable artistic and technical achievements of Islamic culture over more than 1,400 years, and the ROM collections of Ethnology and Textiles & Costume also house important materials from the Islamic cultures of Africa and Asia. The successful candidate will enjoy working with donors, collectors, scholars, external communities, and global partners with interests in Islamic Art & Culture and welcome interactions with many audiences, including families and children. The successful candidate will be a specialist in his/her field but interested in broad issues and questions related to Islamic Art & Culture that have relevance in the contemporary world. This position offers an opportunity to expand the ROMs world-class collection and exhibition program into modern and contemporary art and culture, while maintaining its historic strengths. The ROM is open to considering a range of candidates from an Associate Curator level to Senior Curator, consistent with the candidate’s experience and the strategic goals of the museum.
Education & Experience:
- A Ph.D. in Islamic Art History and Cultural Studies or closely related field at the time of appointment, or the equivalent in professional experience, exhibitions and publications.
- A research focus specializing in some aspect of Islamic Art & Culture. Candidates with a research focus on Iran and the neighboring Persianate world would have the closest connections to the ROM’s collections.
- A strong background of work within a museum environment, knowledge of peer institutions, and experience developing and implementing exhibitions, and working with internal and external stakeholders.
- Knowledge of and experience with Islamic archaeology, issues of provenance, and the dynamics of cultural heritage in contemporary works.
- Working knowledge of at least one language from an Islamic region.
- A record of peer-reviewed publications is required. Suitable credentials for cross-appointment to the University of Toronto or similar program is considered a strong asset.
- An established international network is desirable.
ROM Curators are expected to:
- curate, build the ROM’s Islamic Art, Culture and related collections, and build the collection in new directions;
- conduct or oversee research on ROM collections within their area of specialization, as well as facilitate research on the collection by outside/visiting scholars;
- participate in the development of and rotation within new permanent galleries and special exhibitions;
- develop a program of externally-funded, original, scholarly research and publications, usually relating to ROM collections and exhibitions;
- actively contribute to the development of public programming in a variety of formats, from on-site to on-line;
- participate in the development and implementation of plans to engage professional and community stakeholders, including Islamic diasporic communities in Toronto and Canada;
- participate in fundraising activities to support the ROM’s Islamic program;
- participate in fulfilling the teaching mission of the museum, through university teaching and/or through supervision of interns at the museum;
- work with the ROM Library to build resources on the study of Islamic Art & Culture.
Items from ROM’s collection: Left: “Tell Minis” style bowl with human-headed winged lion, Western Syria, 11th c.; Center: Enamelled bottle, Syria, 13th c.; Right: Manuscript of the Qur’an, w/illuminations, Iran, 16th c. All images ©Royal Ontario Museum, 2017
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Work within the World Cultures Department and report to the Deputy Director, Collections & Research
- Work collaboratively with educators, exhibition team, designers and artists in the development, creation, interpretation, and installation of permanent galleries and special exhibitions
- Research, Publications, Programs, Collections:
- Collaborate with curatorial colleagues, collectors, patrons, and cultural organizations to generate important exhibitions, publications, and public programs
- Take responsibility for the Islamic collections, including study, rotation and display, care and record-keeping, provenance research, digitizing and publication
- Build and refine the collection into new areas, such as Modern and Contemporary art and culture
- Maintain professional affiliations in scholarly and museum curatorial organizations, professional societies, and relevant committees
- Actively cultivate support for acquisitions, exhibitions, symposia, research grants, and fellowships through association with professional organizations, foundations, and patrons on local, national, and international levels
- Public Program/Outreach:
- Prepare and give lectures, tours, and workshops to the volunteers, general public, professional colleagues, and other groups
- Given that ROM curators are unionized and are members of the ROM Curatorial Association (ROMCA), curators benefit from and follow ROMCA’s Collective Agreement.
- Have a good command of spoken and written English
- Ability to multi-task and handle the pressure of competing demands within a large, multilayered, and active museum.
- Ambitious for the institution and its efforts to develop strong networks into the local community, particularly the diaspora community; and with established international scholars and institutions
- Bring an interest in leveraging interdisciplinary possibilities and programs to build collaborative partnerships internally and externally
- Sensitive to cultural heritage
- Has high emotional intelligence
Compensation (governed by Collective Agreement):
- $65,828 to $140,556 per annum (commensurate with rank and experience)
- Full benefit coverage includes medical & dental plan, life insurance, long term disability, and pension
The ROM will begin reviewing applications on or after November 10, 2017; the posting will continue until the position is filled. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for this international search. However, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Nominations are welcome.
To apply in confidence
Qualified candidates should email 1) letter expressing interest in this particular position, giving brief examples of past exhibition experience and proposed research areas and projects; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) names of three (3) references with contact information. Submit application by October 23, 2017 to retained search firm: Marilyn Hoffman and Connie Rosemont, Museum Search & Reference, SearchandRef@museum-search.com. For additional information, visit: http://museum-search.com/open-searches/.
Short-listed candidates subsequently will be asked to provide publication samples.
The ROM is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) to applicants invited to an interview.
Toronto is the fourth-largest city in North America, after Mexico City, New York, and Los Angeles. It is the country’s financial and business capital, and it welcomes 40 million tourists a year. It supports a lively arts and culture scene that includes museums, galleries, performing arts organizations, festivals (including the pre-eminent Toronto International Film Festival), a diverse restaurant scene and many working artists. It is home to 5 universities and 4 colleges. Toronto’s housing and job market, economic development and population growth have been expanding rapidly over the past decade, and it is recognized as one of the most diverse and multi-cultural cities in the world with 47 percent of the population self-reporting as “part of a visible minority.”
Ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world, Toronto is ranked as the safest metropolitan area in North America. It has many excellent public schools and a comprehensive public transportation system that includes buses, metros, trolleys, and a public bike program. The city has trendy and up-and-coming neighborhoods while at the same time, there are quiet neighborhoods providing an escapt beyond the bustle of downtown. Lake Ontario makes up the southern boundary of the city and provides many kilometres of beautiful, accessible waterfront. The city has many parks, and there are also many recreational opportunities near the city for canoeing, hiking, and outdoor beauty. Toronto is surrounded by Ontario’s Greenbelt, a 2-million-acre area of green space, farmland, forests, wetlands and watersheds that provide multiple farmers’ markets and local food options within easy reach. Niagara Falls is less than 2 hours away and sits adjacent to southern Ontario’s wine-growing region.
Peabody Essex Museum
CURATOR OF SOUTH ASIAN ART search
Application Deadline: May 22, 2017
[no longer accepting applications]
The Peabody Essex Museum seeks a curatorial leader with deep experience in South Asian art, and a track record developing engaging exhibitions. The Curator of South Asian Art will be active in global circles, well versed in current developments in the field, and adept at teasing out connections between diverse South Asian art forms and cultural traditions and with broader historical and contemporary art and culture.
Recently, the Peabody Essex Museum embarked on a dramatic paradigm-shifting transformation and expansion, in keeping with its ambition and promise as a museum that values creativity, innovation, change, and the unexpected. The museum’s internationally distinctive strengths in South Asian, East Asian, and Asian Export art and culture, already central to this mission, will play an even greater role in this next, highly aspirational chapter. PEM’s curatorial team is adventurous and generates fresh interpretation, appreciation, and thought leadership related to art, culture, and creative expression, especially in the context of an increasingly interconnected and global dialogue. To this end, the museum seeks an innovative curator with experience in South Asian, especially Indian, art and a strong commitment to interpretation and programming.
Founded in 1799 in Salem, Massachusetts, 15 miles from Boston, the Peabody Essex Museum is the oldest continuously operating museum in the United States. Now among the top 8% of American art museums, PEM is also one of the nation’s fastest growing art museums, and operates on a global stage in terms of networks, partners, and patronage.
PEM has achieved a singular record of growth over the last decades. In 2003, PEM completed one of the most striking museum transformations in American history, including exponential growth of the operating budget, and the addition of over 250,000 square feet of new and renovated gallery and public spaces. This includes 26,000 square feet of changing exhibition galleries and 55,000 square feet of galleries devoted to collection installations. In 2011, the museum announced a comprehensive and singular advancement campaign for $650M. The campaign focuses on increasing an already healthy endowment to support an expanded exhibition program; programmatic initiatives ranging from the interpretive to the digital and educational; global leadership initiatives; and an institutional culture of creativity, all in concert with fiscal stability and sound management, based on an annual budget of $31 million.
PEM is adding a 40,000 square-foot wing scheduled to open in summer 2019. It will include 15,000 square feet of galleries for collection installations and additional public and educational spaces. The museum is also developing a 110,000 square-foot offsite collection center for the care and study of the museum’s collection of more than 1 million works. Between 2017 and 2022, PEM will develop new collection installations museum-wide, based on innovative experience, interpretation, and design strategies that reflect the museum’s commitment to drawing on multiple fields of inquiry, including neuroscience.
The museum’s many collection areas are among the finest of their kind, showcasing American, Asian and Asian export, African, contemporary, maritime, Native American, and Oceanic art, as well as photography, fashion and textiles, and architecture and design. The museum presents a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions, many organized by PEM teams and guest curators and circulated nationally and internationally, and others organized by leading museums in North America, Europe, and Asia. Annually, the museum welcomes some 250,000 people. It employs 250 staff and engages over 100 docents in support of PEM’s educational mission.
The Peabody Essex Museum has the highest visitor satisfaction ratings among 75 major museums in the United States, and PEM’s curatorial program is a key reason for this success. PEM’s curatorial approach emphasizes innovation, crisp execution, and close partnership across departments and with external, leading-edge thinkers in a range of fields. This provides significant opportunities for curators to leverage team resources and access to current trends and new developments in various fields. Nine full curators and five Exhibition & Research assistant and associate curators comprise PEM’s curatorial team. This team is the purview of the Deputy Director, who functions as Chief Curator and oversees Collection Services, Exhibition Planning, and Exhibition Design in concert with her executive and fundraising responsibilities.
INDIAN and SOUTH ASIAN COLLECTION
The first American museum to collect art from India, PEM counts among its earliest acquisitions historic works from India. These works are a manifestation of the museum founders’ global purview, a sensibility and historical context that continues to inform PEM’s curatorial work.
Unlike other American museums that emphasize India’s classical art traditions, PEM is preeminent internationally for representing the art of the modern era, from the period of British colonial rule to the present, in what is today India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Additionally, the extensive Bhutanese textile collection is the most important such collection in an American museum. The museum also houses diverse works from various Southeast Asian cultures, principally from the Philippines, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, as well as from Tibet and Nepal.
PEM’s diverse Asian export, maritime, photography, fashion, textile, and library holdings complement many aspects of the Indian and South Asian collection. As just one example, PEM’s collection of 19th-century photographs by Lala Deen Dayal is one of the top in the world.
The museum is home to the most important collection of modern Indian art, from the 1700s to the present, outside India.
In 2001, the acquisition of the Chester and Davida Herwitz collection of post-Independence art from India established PEM as the first museum outside of India to focus on the achievements of its modern artists. The Herwitz collection of post-1947 Indian paintings and works on paper—some 1,600 works by approximately 70 artists—remains unparalleled in any American or European museum.
Painting dominates the overall collection, in large measure because of the Herwitz collection, but also because of PEM’s deep holdings in the vernacular Kalighat painting tradition: the museum’s Kalighat paintings constitute one of the top three collections in the world.
The collection of vernacular and regional genres from across the subcontinent has grown to national importance. The Figiel collection of 15th-to-18th century devotional bronzes is a telling counterpoint to India’s classical sculpture traditions not available in other American public collections. Other areas of strength include kantha quilts; colonial-period Indian export decorative art, especially furniture; 18th- and 19th-century British maritime-related prints, drawings and paintings of India; and 19th-century photographs, especially the group by Lala Deen Dayal. PEM’s colonial-era holdings are especially strong, and pose intriguing opportunities to work forward into the 20th and 21st centuries as well as to move back into and through classical Indian art. These elements, along with holdings in other collection areas, contribute to PEM’s ability to explore a multi-faceted approach to Indian and South Asian art and culture.
ASIAN EXPORT ART
Asian export art encompasses works in all media made by artists in China, Japan, India, and Indonesia (among other cultures), specifically for non-local patrons and markets. PEM’s collection is the largest, most comprehensive, and diverse of its type in the world. Among the first objects collected by the museum’s founders were decorative art objects produced in China, Japan, and India for Europeans and Americans. The collection has a particularly strong international profile for Indian export furniture. PEM curators often draw on the Asian export art collection to highlight the impact of cross-cultural exchange.
The new curator will play a pivotal role in shaping and implementing the museum’s go-forward, team-based program in Asian art and its specific manifestation of Indian and South Asian art and culture. This will be accomplished primarily through innovative exhibitions, interpretation and programming, as well as through strategic enhancement of the collection and original research.
The primary responsibilities of the Curator will be to:
- Work with the Deputy Director and PEM’s curators to establish the direction, goals, and priorities for Indian and South Asian art at the Peabody Essex
- Organize exhibitions and secure exhibitions organized by other institutions. The focus will be exhibitions that offer fresh ways of interpreting and appreciating the art of diverse Asian cultures, with special emphasis on Indian art because of the collection’s strength and patronage potential. The curator is expected to develop a more interconnected view of Asian cultures, and to foster a dialogue between historical and contemporary
- Organize collection-based installations of Indian and South Asian art that integrate engaging ideas, new interpretive methods, immersive experiences, and design as part of the museum’s team-based interpretation initiative. The initial emphasis will be the new installation devoted to South Asian art as part of the museum-wide installations slated to open between 2018 and 2022. The curator will also serve on other appropriate interpretation teams associated with this large-scale effort and the museum’s ongoing efforts to provide leadership in the arena of museum
- Develop a systematic plan to strengthen PEM’s collection through strategic acquisitions of historical and contemporary works, long-term loans, research, and conservation
- Enhance and expand the museum’s international network and partnerships with museums and governments relevant to South Asian art and culture. The emphasis will be identifying opportunities to exchange exhibition projects, loans, and expertise.
- Cultivate and secure patronage for PEM’s South Asian initiatives and for the museum overall in collaboration with the museum’s philanthropy staff and South Asian Visiting Committee.
Develop programs and events in conjunction with exhibitions and in collaboration with the education staff that emphasize new ways to provide immersive experiences of Indian and South Asian culture and art.
Serve as an advocate and representative for PEM’s mission, exhibitions, publications, research, programming, and collection, assuring that the museum’s reputation for innovation and scholarship are continually advanced. Sustain an international reputation and profile through publishing, lecturing, organizing or participating in symposia, membership in professional organizations, and other pertinent activities.
QUALIFICATIONS and PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
The successful candidate will:
- Have substantial experience working with institutions with extensive collections of Indian South Asian art and culture and organizing compelling installations and exhibitions, including nationally and internationally traveling shows; experience with both historical and contemporary art is preferred; an established international network is highly
- Have an advanced degree in art history or cultural studies, with a specialty in Indian or South Asian art and culture (a Master’s degree is required);
- Be an outcome-oriented, hard worker with initiative and high energy level; a “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on;
- Be a mission-driven individual with a commitment to PEM’s core values and transformative goals; open to experimentation and thinking “outside the box”; predisposed to juxtaposing ideas and objects in new and unexpected ways, including across disciplines, between different realms of creativity beyond the visual arts, and between the historical and contemporary;
- Be a good listener and strategist; comfortable receiving input from many sources, and able to analyze and formulate disparate information into sound, well-organized goals, strategies, and proposals; a partner able to flexibly collaborate with people of diverse areas of expertise, experience, cultures, and personalities; a tactful negotiator;
- Be an individual with strong self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and a good sense of
PEM recruits internationally. A good command of the English language is required.
TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION
Qualified candidates should email their cover letter, résumé (Word documents preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by April 17, 2017 to retained search firm: Marilyn Hoffman and Connie Rosemont, Museum Search & Reference, SearchandRef@museum-search.com. Apply in confidence. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant. PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
ABOUT SALEM AND BOSTON
Salem and Boston North Shore cities and towns are among the country’s oldest coastal communities, including Salem, Newburyport, and Marblehead. The region has a 300-year history of art and architecture, and maritime activities are still an important part of the regional culture. Salem and nearby Gloucester offer numerous museums, art galleries, historic homes, theaters, parks, restaurants, boutiques and antique shops. Salem alone draws more than 1 million visitors a year. Boston is quickly accessible via a regular commuter train to North Station. New England’s bountiful outdoor recreational activities are quickly accessible, including sailing, hiking and skiing.
Boston is a world-class center for banking, health care and technology research. One of American’s leading intellectual centers, Boston boasts some of the most prestigious universities and medical centers in the world. It is also steeped in 400 years of history, which it preserves and celebrates, while maintaining many distinct and historic neighborhoods. As a metropolis, it is home to numerous attractions including museums, theatres, musical events and robust restaurant opportunities. The suburbs have some of the nation’s top-rated school systems. Boston is served by a strong public transportation system and offers outdoor recreation along the Charles River and Atlantic Ocean. Sports fans enjoy the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins, as well as the soccer team, the Revolution.