Curatorial Research Associate

Whitney Museum of American Art

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A full-time, temporary position for a Curatorial Research Associate is available to begin September 2019. The incumbent will work as a member of a cross-institutional team on the development of a strategic plan for the Museum’s renowned collection of American art that is being supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The position is eligible for health insurance and paid time off.

Reporting to both the Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawings and Prints and the Director of the Collection, the incumbent will play a key role in research initiatives and support the team on the organization and administration of all phases of the project, including research toward future collection displays. This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate with a strong interest in working with museum collections.


Scholarly research on artists; assisting in the supervision of a Curatorial Research Assistant; the coordination of timelines and project milestones; management of checklists, databases, and files; scheduling and preparing materials and presentations for meetings; corresponding with external contacts and working closely with Research Resources, Collections Management, and Conservation, among other Museum departments; tracking budgets; and providing daily administrative support.


B.A. in art history (M.A. a plus); 3+ years museum/gallery experience, with collection-related experience preferred; working knowledge of 20th- and 21st-century art history with a focus in 20th-century American art; excellent writing skills; strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; initiative and collaborative spirit; command of TMS and Microsoft Office, Excel, and PowerPoint.

How to Apply

Please complete an application located on the Museum’s website:

About the Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

EEO Statement

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

Posted on August 27