Senior Curator

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

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Are you someone who is:

  • Highly adept at creating a compelling and relevant collection of performances and public programs?

  • Tapped into the pulse of cultural and social issues of our times with a keen understanding of the relationship of performance and public engagement to those issues?

  • A passionate advocate and steward for performance and participatory practices?

If so, then the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is looking for you!

We have an opening for a full-time Senior Curator in the Performance and Public Practice department who provides guidance and leadership for all live arts programming at the museum. This position works in collaboration with other Artistic department heads to create a holistic artistic and civic strategy that finds commonalities between performances, participatory projects, public talks, and community partners. The Senior Curator will integrate live programming to position the MCA as a primary engine of groundbreaking artwork, civic exchange, and social cohesion.


To be successful in this role, you must:

  • Conceive, organize, and supervise major live arts programs with the goal of creating a globally inflected, relevant, and engaging collection of performances and public programs each season.

  • Align performance and public practice with the broader artistic and civic goals of the museum itself, especially with regard to developing work that advances social cohesion.

  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop convergent initiatives and maximize the impact and relevance of performance and public programs.

  • Supervise and mentor direct reports, including program development oversight and general staff management to ensure the integration of curatorial voices and efficient collaborative work practices.


You must also have a MA or MFA in Art or Art History with an emphasis on 20th and 21st century live arts and public practice; a minimum of 7 years of museum, gallery, or theater experience required, with an emphasis on conceiving, producing, and managing performance programs and public programs; and:

  • Primary expertise in contemporary theater, music, or performance art is desirable.

  • Writing, fundraising, and public-speaking experience.

How to Apply

This is a full time position with a schedule of five days per week, with varied hours based on program schedules and off-site work requirements including evenings and events as necessary. National and international travel for research is expected. Ability to operate general office equipment and telephones and mobility throughout museum required.

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P.S. The MCA provides a generous benefits package that includes: health, dental, and vision insurance; paid vacation and personal days; free life, AD&D, short term and long term disability insurance; retirement plans; discounted parking; pre-tax transportation programs; visiting the MCA’s galleries; curator led staff tours of MCA exhibitions; discounts at the MCA Store and MCA restaurant Marisol; discounts for MCA Stage and other programs; plus a wide variety of discounts at many cultural institutions in the Chicagoland area.

The MCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. In addition, we aspire to make the MCA community and our environment – staff, audiences, artists, programs, and exhibitions – reflective of the diversity of the city of Chicago and to capture the spirit of access, inclusion, and equity in all we do. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at:

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Posted on August 1