Curatorial Associate

The Block Museum, Northwestern University

The Block Museum of Art’s Curatorial Associate works closely with the Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs on a range of matters related to the curatorial department. He/she assists in the preparation of materials for meetings including weekly curatorial department meeting and periodic exhibition committee meetings; assists with the tracking of exhibition proposals and related correspondence; assists with other correspondence as needed; and assists with scholarly research for acquisitions, exhibitions, and other projects. At times, under the direction of the department curators, he/she works on discreet and varied exhibition, acquisition, or program-related projects. These may include, but are not limited to, organizing materials for exhibition catalogues, researching and undertaking correspondence related to image-rights, assisting with the organization of scholar’s workshops, notetaking during meetings or workshops, and assisting with visiting artists. He/she handles other duties related to the daily functioning of the curatorial department as assigned.

This is a one-year, 37.5 hours per week position.

Responsibilities
  • Daily Functioning of the Curatorial Department: Assists in the preparation of materials for meetings including weekly curatorial department meeting and quarterly exhibition committee meetings; Assists with the tracking of exhibition proposals and related correspondence; Assists with email and written correspondence as needed; Assists with art historical research for acquisitions or exhibitions; Other duties related to the daily functioning of the curatorial department as assigned

  • Special Projects: Works on discreet exhibition or acquisition-related projects under the direction of the department curators. Organizes materials for exhibition catalogues; Researches and undertakes correspondence related to image-right; Assists with the organization of scholars workshops; Takes notes during meetings or workshops; Assists with visiting artists

  • Assist with development of metadata for TMS, including controlled vocabulary and hierarchies for collection content; represent the Curatorial Department in cooperative work with the Registrar Department on the conversion. Proof, edit, and standardize object records to ensure consistency and accuracy of interpretive content in TMS. Review, proof, edit, and standardize object records in the museum’s collection database using existing data, hardcopy object files, and academic research when needed.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements
  • Minimum Qualifications: Entry-level graduate student in art history or related discipline.

  • Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.) Ability to conduct art historical research; competency in writing about art; ability to write clearly and concisely; strong organization skills; ability to follow directions and to work independently and collaboratively.

  • Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience) Advanced graduate student in art history; some experience as a curatorial intern or assistant.

How to Apply

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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Posted on April 2