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Metropolitan Museum of Art Seeks Curator of Architecture & Design

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world’s finest museums, seeks a Curator of Architecture & Design that is a specialist in both Architecture and Design. In this respect, the Curator will work closely with the Chairman and will participate in the active research, development and management of the Modern and Contemporary collection and the Breuer project; major special exhibitions; initiation of collection displays, publications and interpretation; and participation in all activities of the Department.

Façade, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Façade, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Primary responsibilities and duties:
–Working closely with the Chairman and other full Curators, assist with management of the Modern and Contemporary Department.
–Using expertise in architecture and design, lead the review of architecture, design and other related aspects of the collection.
–Lead departmental collection and research strategies in respect to architecture and design.
–Initiate and curate major special exhibitions for the Breuer project.
–Devise and plan collection displays and other projects for Modern & Contemporary.
–Initiate special exhibitions, including research, catalog entries and other texts for Museum Programs.
–Cultivate new relationships and maintain existing connections with donors, patrons, collectors, colleagues from other international institutions, the scholarly community, dealers, and other individuals involved with the interests of the Museum.
–Act as editor, key author, and essayist as appropriate for major exhibition catalogues and other specialized publications, including online content.
–On behalf of Chairman, oversee and expedite correspondence related to Collection and Modern and Contemporary Programs.
–Contribute to public programs (Learning, Volunteers, Visiting Scholars, etc.) as appropriate.
–According to Modern & Contemporary Department objectives, interact with potential sponsors and assist with fundraising as appropriate.
–Advise on planning programs for Modern and Contemporary Department patrons’ groups.
–Other related duties.

Requirements and qualifications:

Experience and skills:
–Minimum ten years (preferably fifteen years) experience in a museum or academic institution.
–Demonstrated engagement with artistic, architectural and design theory and international practice across the world.
–Demonstrated scholarly achievement and extensive published record, including evidence of original research.
–Initiated and executed major and relevant loan exhibitions with broad international scope.
–Demonstrated commitment to broad international engagement and learning.
–Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with internal colleagues across the Museum and externally with artists, designers, scholars, architects, donors and general public.
–Ability to create and maintain precise and widely researched records.

Knowledge and education:
–PhD (or equivalent) history of art or architecture.
–Deep expertise in twentieth and twenty-first century architecture, design and art.
–Extensive background in international modern and contemporary culture.
–Excellent written and spoken English.
–Proficiency in one non-English language.

Application deadline: Friday, October 4, 2013, 6pm

The Curator for Architecture & Design for the Modern & Contemporary Department is full-time and includes full benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Send cover letter, indicating position of interest, resume, and salary history to [email protected] as a Word attachment only, with “Curator/Architecture & Design” in the subject line.

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