Hate Your Job? The Met Seeks Postwar and Contemporary Art Curator

Upwardly mobile arts professionals, take note: the esteemed Metropolitan Museum of Art is looking for a Curator/Associate Curator for their postwar and contemporary art department. Seems like the museum is looking for a replacement for the recently departed Nicholas Cullinan to London’s National Portrait Gallery (see National Portrait Gallery Appoints Nicholas Cullinan as Director).

Primary responsibilities and duties for this position include: “working closely with the Chairman and other Curators, devise and execute departmental collection and research strategies, initiate and organize collection displays and special exhibitions, act as key author and essayist for major exhibition catalogues and other specialized publications, including online content,” assist visiting scholars, and assist in fundraising where appropriate.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Double check your resume to make sure you have:

–Minimum six years’ experience in a museum or academic institution

–Proven experience initiating and executing major loan exhibitions with international scope

–Demonstrated scholarly achievement and extensive published record, including evidence of original research

–Demonstrated engagement with international critical theory and artistic practice

–Demonstrated commitment to broad international audience engagement and learning

–Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with artists, museum colleagues, donors, and the general public

–Ability to create and maintain well-researched and precise records

And don’t forget, you’ll also need a Ph.D. (or the equivalent) in art history and deep expertise in 20th and 21st century art. So if that didn’t scare you off, make sure to send your custom tweaked cover letter and CV to [email protected] with “Curator/Associate Curator, Postwar and Contemporary Art” in the subject line.

Good luck!


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