Assistant/Associate Curator of Contemporary Art

Dallas Museum of Art

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The DMA has one of the leading collections of contemporary art in an American encyclopedic museum. The collection encompasses over 4,000 works from 1945 to the present, including major holdings of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism; conceptualism, time-based media, and installation works; photography; and the work of emerging artists. The Museum has particular strengths in German, Italian, East Asian, and Latin American art, as well as the art of the African diaspora.

The Nancy and Tim Hanley Associate Curator will possess a keen understanding of the local, national and international art community to provide creative direction to the shaping of a balanced and dynamic exhibition and public program schedule. She/he will be perceptive and inquisitive, a critical thinker and an effective collaborator. He/she will research, plan and deliver temporary collection displays and special exhibitions in partnership with the Senior Curator and the Lupe Murchison Curator.

As a department, we will work collaboratively to ensure that we are responsive to shifts in the field, addressing historical blind spots as we strive to remain at the forefront of new trends in contemporary artistic production. We will build on the strengths of our current collections to further our position ourselves as a leader in the presentation of the transnational development of postwar art and work with our curatorial colleagues to explore cross-departmental confluences in the presentation of art across time, space, and medium.

  • Conceive and implement a collection-based exhibition of African-American and -diasporic artists, potentially in collaboration with another institution

  • Collaborate on collections rotations with the Senior Curator and the Lupe Murchison Curator

  • Conceive and implement small to medium-sized exhibitions focused on emerging artists, predicting and setting trends, issues and debate that strengthen the DMA’s position as a leader in presenting contemporary art

  • Conceive and implement larger-scale exhibitions when appropriate for the curator’s specialization

  • Monitor the Texas art scene through meaningful connection with the local artistic community and colleagues at other arts and learning institutions to advance the DMA’s goals to be a laboratory for ideas and collaboration

  • Present stimulating public lectures and presentations

  • Work closely with colleagues in curatorial and exhibitions to innovate in terms of new ways of working across curatorial departments drawing on the collection for inspiration

  • Develop and maintain advantageous local, national and international relationships with the community of artists, critics, dealers, museum colleagues, professional organizations, collectors, trustees, and friends of the Museum to enhance the DMA’s position and relevance locally, nationally, and internationally

  • Assist with fundraising and public relations efforts to support and promote departmental and museum activities

  • Collaborate with the Education division to develop and present materials and programs relating to the interpretation of the collections and special exhibitions for the public such as gallery texts, publications, lectures, electronic media, and docent training

  • Supervise shared curatorial administrative assistants and interns, in conjunction with other curators in the department

  • Perform scholarly research on objects in the collection to deepen the Museum’s knowledge of its contemporary collection and for catalogs of the collection, exhibitions, and related materials to increase interest in the museum’s collections and programs

  • Research and recommend potential acquisitions on emerging artists and artists of the curator’s specialization and present recommendations to the Committee on Collections

  • Consider, solicit, and submit possible gifts for consideration to the Senior Curator

  • Remain well-informed of new art and artists and emerging movements through the preparation of scholarly articles and essays, presentation of talks and lectures at the DMA and other institutions, and participation in professional art organizations.

  • Be available for national and international travel, serving as an important representative of the department and the museum

  • Work across all departments to promote and support the contemporary department internally and externally

  • Conform to the AAMD codes of ethics governing the museum profession

  • Adhere to museum policies and supports management decisions in a positive, professional manner


Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Master’s degree in art history or related field, with a specialization in contemporary art, theory, or practice

  • A specialization in African American art highly desirable

  • Three to five years of curatorial experience working in a museum or equivalent institution with an impressive record of achievement

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Desire to think differently and demonstrate creative problem-solving

  • Aptitude for public speaking

  • Ability to effectively manage projects with a high degree of organization and productivity

  • Excellent time management, problem-solving and analytical skills

  • Ability to assess priorities and work well under pressure

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Keen interpersonal skills

  • Aptitude for working collaboratively on projects with internal and external teams and with other curatorial staff, and members of the Education, Exhibitions, and Collections, and Public Programs divisions

  • Capacity and initiative to recommend solutions and solve problems

  • Computer literacy to work on the museum’s content management systems, the museums Microsoft Office system, and the electronic archival systems

  • Willing to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends when needed

  • The Dallas Museum of Art is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The DMA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.