CURRENT SEARCHES

ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUMCurator Islamic Art & Culture

AMON CARTER MUSEUMDirector of Education and Library Services

PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM – Curator of South Asian Art 

PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM – Curator of Fashion and Textiles 

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Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
www.rom.on.ca/en

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.

Royal Ontario 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
  • Exhibitions:
    • 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
  • Fundraising:
    • 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

Personal Characteristics

  • 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.

About Toronto

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.

Links:

https://web.toronto.ca/
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g155019-Activities-Toronto_Ontario.html
http://www.seetorontonow.com/#sm.00130f6ykbr0dib11x91y0hp0s34d
http://www.greenbelt.ca/greenbelt_plan_detailed_map_overview

 

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Amon Carter Museum

Fort Worth, TX

www.cartermuseum.org

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND LIBRARY SERVICES search

Application Deadline: September 11, 2017

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art seeks a Director of Education and Library Services (DELS), a senior-leadership position.  The DELS will have the opportunity to illuminate one of the world’s finest collections of American art, including many masterpieces, through museum interpretation, educational programs, and facilitation of research. (http://www.cartermuseum.org/collection/paintings)

The DELS leads a division of the museum consisting of two departments: Education, and Library and Archives.  Education provides programs for greater than 20,000 pre-K-12 students, university students, and adults; distance learning for all ages; and exhibition interpretation.  Library and Archives fosters new knowledge in diverse audiences via published works and unpublished documents. Complementing the museum’s art collection, the research library offers over 150,000 items on American art, photography, and history from the early nineteenth century to the present, one of the largest collections focused on American art in the country.

As a member of the museum’s Leadership Team, the DELS contributes vision, expertise and inspiration to the formulation of strategic plans and the oversight of their fulfillment.  S/he manages department staff members and coordinates their work with other divisions.

The successful candidate will be a visionary and an innovator regarding the roles of educational programming and information services n an art museum.  S/he will relish collaboration with fellow professionals; fostering deep connections and fruitful collaboration between education and library services departments and other departments within the museum; and actively engaging communities beyond simply delivering products to them.  S/he will have a record of successful leadership in a museum setting that includes developing engaging, effective museum programs, particularly for adults, and leading a department.

The Amon Carter Museum has been making a transition from a founder-led institution to one guided by a collegial Leadership Team consisting of the Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Director of Development and Communications, Director of Human Resources, and the DELS.  Executive Director Andrew J. Walker and COO/CFO Scott Wilcox share authority, with the former setting the artistic direction, working with donors and providing the public face of the museum; and the latter handling administrative matters, finances and day-to-day operations.  The successful DELS will embrace this organizational structure, thrive in the museum’s collaborative work environment, and lead the Education and Library Services Division through process management, mentoring, and evaluation.

 Student Tour with Thomas Cole’s The Hunter’s Return, 1845, oil on canvas

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND
LIBRARY SERVICES

The DELS will help provide the leadership and vision for the museum’s excellence.  The DELS will serve on the museum’s Leadership Team and manage mid-level staff in the Education and Library and Archives Departments, which employ about 18 staff. S/he will maintain a working relationship with the Board of Trustees.  S/he will be an ambassador to community groups and patrons and will represent the museum at national professional meetings.  The DELS will work with the development department in fundraising initiatives, and will prepare and manage the departmental budgets within the Education and Library Services Division.

Responsibilities:

  1. Build on the museum’s reputation for educational excellence, especially in the area of pre-K-12 visits, strengthening existing programs. Oversee development of new interpretative and public programs, with particular emphasis on programs for adults.
  2. Oversee Library and Archives’ initiatives to expand their reach and foster new learning in service of the museum’s strategic goals, for example, through external partnerships.
  3. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of best practices in museum education and informational services to inform program development at the museum.
  4. Initiate, cultivate and maintain partnerships with such entities as schools and universities, other museums, healthcare organizations, community agencies, and libraries.
  5. Gather data on departmental activities and conduct effective evaluation to promote constant improvement and inform the Leadership Team.
  6. Represent the Education and Library Services Division on the Leadership Team, working as an effective teammate and advocate, setting strategic directions, and contributing to significant decisions for the museum.
  7. Develop and manage operational processes to achieve departmental objectives in fulfillment of the museum’s strategic plan.
  8. Foster a culture in the Education and Library Services Division of forging strong partnerships within and beyond the museum in pursuit of institutional goals.
  9. Perform supervisory responsibilities, managing department staff within the division.
  10. Recruit, interview, recommend for hire, train, and evaluate staff as needed. Ensure appropriate and effective management of staff, interns, and volunteers by mid-level staff.
  11. Cultivate leadership skills in departmental staff and encourage their professional growth.
  12. Assist the Development Department as appropriate to secure funding for museum programs and information services.
  13. Oversee formulation and management of Division budgets.

QUALIFICATIONS — KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  1. Minimum of 5 years of museum-education and management experience in a senior-management position at an art museum or similar institution, such as an American history museum with a significant art collection and strong educational programs.
  2. Demonstrated leadership, mentoring, and organizational skills.
    1. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively; experience with long-range planning for program planning and audience development.
    2. The ability to manage multiple projects, work under pressure and meet deadlines.
    3. Institutional perspective; able to consider and test ideas in a team setting without being wedded to one’s own.
    4. Problem solving skills, both as an individual and as part of a group of peers.
    5. Desire to advance into museum senior-administration and to mentor and professionally develop the Division’s professionals.
    6. Possessing professional presence, with a talent for inspiring and building confidence both within the museum and outside the institution among a broad range of constituencies.
    7. Passion for museum education.
    8. Comfortable in dynamic or challenging situations.
  3. Collaborative skills. Experience with or commitment to a team-oriented culture with shared responsibilities.
  4. Master’s degree required in art history, art, museum studies, museum education, or similar field. Degree with specialty in the field of American Art or Culture is desirable.
  5. Excellent communication and writing skills.
  6. Proficient in community interaction and cross-staff partnership building.
  7. Positive outlook. High energy, self-motivated, with a strong work ethic.
  8. Business acumen and sound financial and logistical-planning abilities.
  9. Computer proficiency with MS Office products.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM

The Amon Carter is an AAMD Museum with an operating budget of $15M. After six decades of growth, the Amon Carter houses more than 200,000 paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures, among them premier works by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alexander Calder, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and Stuart Davis.  The photography collection of 45,000 prints spans the entire history of American photography, and the museum houses the archives of eight American photographers (http://www.cartermuseum.org/collection).

Remington, Coming Through the Rye, 1902, Bronze

History and founders

Collector Amon G. Carter (1879–1955) amassed one of the largest collections of the works of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, and his original collection concept envisioned Western Art.  On the opening of the museum, his daughter, founder Ruth Carter Stevenson (1923–2013) extended the concept to nationwide American art, and since 1961, the museum has acquired great masterworks of American art in all media.  The museum also presents outstanding special exhibitions and a full calendar of public programs.

A Modern and continually expanding building

Architect Philip Johnson created an International Style 1961 building with “a grand entrance to a grand collection of American art” (http://www.cartermuseum.org/about).  The building has expanded rapidly to accommodate six decades of collection and program growth.  In 1964, only three years after the museum opened, a 14,250-square-foot addition provided space for offices, a bookstore, a research library, and an art-storage vault.  Joseph R. Pelich (1894-1968), an associate architect of the original building, carried out the work to assure consistency with the original architectural vision.

The museum opened yet another addition, designed by Johnson and his partner John Burgee, in 1977.  It expanded the museum’s area by 36,600 square feet, more than doubling its original size.  The three-story section included more office space, a two-story storage vault, a greatly expanded library, and a 105-seat auditorium.  In 1998, the Trustees announced plans to expand the museum to provide three times the existing space for the display of art.  Philip Johnson would again spearhead the design, making the building as a whole a singular example of his work, a project he called “the building of my career.”  While the 1961 building was retained and refurbished, the early additions (1964 and 1977) were removed, and in their place a vastly expanded structure was erected.  With its overall size increased by nearly 50,000 square feet, the museum reopened to the public in 2001.

ABOUT THE CULTURAL DISTRICT, FORT WORTH, AND THE METRO REGION

The Fort Worth Cultural District grew up around the museum.  Neighbor institutions include the Kimbell Art Museum with its collection of European masterworks (designed by Louis Kahn and with a new 2013 building by Renzo Piano); and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, focusing on art since 1945 (designed by Tadao Ando).  In the district are also the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Texas Christian University, a private, coeducational university.

Fort Worth, America’s 16th largest city, with a population of 850,000, also boasts a Zoo, Botanical Garden and Japanese Garden, 3 Aviation Museums, the Cowboy and Cowgirl Halls of Fame, the Will Rogers Memorial, Sid Richardson Museum (a collection of Western Art), Log Cabin Village, a Nature Center, and several venues for performances from concerts to rodeo, including the Bass Performance Hall (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g55857-Activities-Fort_Worth_Texas.html).

Fort Worth has been voted one of “America’s Most Livable Communities.”  It has become one of the fastest growing cities in the country due to its warm climate, numerous business opportunities, low cost of living and wide array of attractions (http://www.fortworth.com/).

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area is the 4th largest n the U.S., with a rapidly growing population of over 7 million  Dallas, America’s 9th largest city, with a population of 1.3 million, is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city only a half hour from Fort Worth.  Dallas offers among its many amenities the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Sixth Floor Museum, Symphony Center and the International Airport (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g55711-Activities-Dallas_Texas.html).  Dallas is a center for telecommunications, computer technology, banking and transportation.  Dallas’ prominence comes from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries, its position along numerous railroad lines, and its powerful industrial and financial leaders.

HOW TO APPLY

Nominations welcome.

Apply in confidence: Email cover letter, résumé (Word document preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by September 11, 2017 to retained search firm: Marilyn Hoffman and Scott Stevens, Museum Search & Reference, SearchandRef@museum-search.com.  EOE.  References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant. The Amon Carter Museum is accepting only new applications for this reopened search.

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Peabody Essex Museum

Salem, MA

Museum Atrium pic

Museum Atrium, PEM, 2003, detail

www.pem.org

CURATOR OF SOUTH ASIAN ART search

Application Deadline: May 22, 2017

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.

BACKGROUND

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.

CURATORIAL PROFILE

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.

INDIAN ART

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

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.

Nominations welcome.

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.

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Peabody Essex Museum

Salem, MA

Museum Atrium pic

Museum Atrium, PEM, 2003, detail

www.pem.org

THE NANCY B. PUTNAM CURATOR OF FASHION & TEXTILES search

Application Deadline: April 3, 2017

[no longer accepting applications]

The Peabody Essex Museum seeks a curatorial leader with deep experience in historical, modern and contemporary fashion and textiles and a track record of developing engaging exhibitions. The Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles will be active in fashion circles, well versed in current developments in the field, and adept at teasing out connections between fashion, creativity, and culture.

Recently, PEM embarked on a paradigm-shifting transformation and expansion, in keeping with its ambition and promise as a museum that values creativity, innovation, change, and the unexpected.  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 specifically in fashion and textiles and a strong commitment to bold interpretation and programming.

BACKGROUND

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 unprecedented growth over the past two 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 annual budget of $31 million.

 

East India Hall

East India Hall and PEM planned expansion

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 250,000 people. It employs 250 staff and engages over 110 docent guides in support of PEM’s educational mission.

CURATORIAL PROFILE

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 the Chief Curator and oversees Collection Services, Exhibition Planning, and Exhibition Design in concert with her executive and fundraising responsibilities.

FASHION AND TEXTILE COLLECTION AND PROGRAM

PEM holds an extraordinary collection of fashion, costumes, and textiles from around the world, primarily from the late 17th century forward. American fashion and textiles, in conjunction with PEM’s African, Asian export, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Native American, Oceanic and South Asian fashion and textiles, constitute a distinctive international collection of high overall quality.

The American textile and costume holdings have historically focused on New England. Fashion, accessories, jewelry, contemporary fiber art, pictorial needlework and samplers, quilts and coverlets, interior design, domestic furnishing textiles and upholstery, military uniforms, and documentary textiles comprise these holdings, which include many aesthetically significant examples and contain extensive documentation, which lends the collection exceptional research value. The American clothing collection, which dates primarily from 1820-1930, is among the ten best in the country. The shoe collection is the largest and most important in the U.S. and of international significance.

In 2009, the museum began a concerted fashion initiative, presenting major exhibitions and collecting 20th– and 21st-century fashion in earnest through major gifts and bequests from nationally and internationally recognized collectors, most notably Iris Apfel. Recently, PEM secured the endowment for a curatorial position dedicated to fashion and textiles and established a Fashion Visiting Committee.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The new Curator will play a pivotal role in shaping and implementing the museum’s forward-looking, team-based program in Fashion and Textiles. 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 Fashion and Textiles at the Peabody Essex Museum.
  • Organize exhibitions and secure exhibitions organized by other institutions. The focus will be exhibitions that offer fresh ways of interpreting and appreciating fashion and textiles and fostering a dialogue between historical and contemporary expressions.
  • Organize collection-based installations that integrate engaging ideas and new interpretive methods, immersive experiences, and design as part of the museum’s team-based interpretation initiative. The initial emphasis will be developing the museum’s first gallery dedicated to fashion, scheduled to open in the new wing in 2019. The Curator will also serve on other appropriate interpretation teams associated with the museum’s ongoing efforts to provide leadership in the arena of museum interpretation.
  • Develop a systematic plan to strengthen PEM’s fashion and textile collection through strategic acquisitions of historical, modern and contemporary works, long-term loans, research, and conservation initiatives.
  • Enhance and expand the museum’s international network and partnerships with museums to develop and secure opportunities to exchange exhibition projects, loans, and expertise.
  • Cultivate and secure patronage for PEM’s fashion and textile initiatives and for the museum overall in collaboration with the museum’s philanthropy staff and Fashion 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 with fashion and textiles.
  • Serve as an advocate and representative for PEM’s mission, exhibitions, publications, research, programming, and collection, ensuring 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 fashion and textiles and organizing compelling installations and exhibitions, including nationally and internationally traveling shows; experience with both historical and contemporary fashion and textiles is preferred; an established international network is highly desirable.
  • Have an advanced degree in art history or cultural studies, and a specialty in fashion and textiles (a Master’s degree is required).
  • Be an individual whose intelligence, creativity, and passion are palpable, peripatetic, generous, and infectious.
  • 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 and cultures, 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; and a tactful negotiator.
  • Be an individual with strong self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and a good sense of humor.

PEM recruits internationally.  A good command of the English language is required.

Nominations welcome.

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 3, 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.

 

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Iris Apfel works on her 2009 exhibition (left) and has since donated her collection; Chinese Woman’s Wedding Tunic and Vest, 19th c. (center); Native Fashion Now catalogue, 2015 (right)

 

ABOUT SALEM AND BOSTON

Salem and Boston’s 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 one 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.

 

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