Organization: Prospect New Orleans
Application deadline: September 6, 2019
Start date: October 15, 2019
Termination date: April 1, 2021
Web Address: prospectneworleans.org
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience
Benefits: Health insurance and vacation time
Relocation Assistance: Not offered for this position
Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Artistic Directors and the Associate Curator, the Exhibition Manager is responsible for ensuring a successful Prospect.5 exhibition process and final product. The Exhibition Manager oversees the commissioning/fabrication of new artist projects, relationships with Prospect.5 venues, implementing security and attendant plans for each venue, loan agreements and artwork shipping in association with the registrar, artwork insurance, assembling an installation team, and the installation and deinstallation processes. They will work in coordination with the Associate Curator on the development of artist projects, focusing specifically on budget management, feasibility, and venues.
The Exhibition Manager should have a broad fluency with contemporary art and have experience working with artists as well as institutions and community members. Competitive candidates must have broad experience working on major exhibitions. This position will necessitate flexible hours and it is understood that it may evolve as the organization evolves, as the exhibition cycle unfolds, and depending on the Exhibition Manager’s skills and abilities. Travel may be necessary. All Prospect employees are expected to remain aware of the local, national, and global context for contemporary art; to participate in Prospect’s community-facing events; and to occasionally represent the organization at national and community events as needed.
Please note that this position has a termination date of April 1, 2021.
About Prospect New Orleans
Prospect New Orleans was conceived in the tradition of the great international exhibition, such as the Venice Biennale and the Bienal de São Paulo, to showcase artistic practices from around the world in settings throughout the city with an emphasis on site-specificity. Prospect invites residents and visitors to celebrate art and artists as intrinsic to the local landscape and to experience New Orleans as they never have before.
Prospect New Orleans is a citywide contemporary art triennial, formalized in 2008 and now entering its fifth iteration, P.5. Prospect was originally conceived of as a biennial exhibition intended to support the cultural rebuilding of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Beginning with P.3 (2014), Prospect New Orleans officially transitioned to its current triennial format.
Work with the Executive Director, Associate Curator, and Artistic Directors to create timelines and budgets for all Prospect.5 projects
Manage the production and fabrication of new work in collaboration with artists, the Artistic Directors, and the Associate Curator
Manage timelines and budgets for all Prospect.5 projects
Manage venue relationships and venue agreements
Work with vendors during exhibition production
Manage and schedule installation and deinstallation processes
Implement security and attendant plans for each exhibition venue
Oversee all loan agreements, artist contracts, and shipping logistics in association with the registrar
Bind insurance for exhibited artwork
Travel as needed to represent Prospect
Attend Prospect board meetings as needed and assist in developing visual materials for presentations and public engagement
Assist Executive Director in identifying and overseeing project support
Operations and supervisory
Hire and oversee interns and volunteers to assist with exhibition realization
Maintain exhibitions throughout the triennial period
Personable demeanor and ability to work under pressure
At least three–five years of relevant experience in a museum, gallery, or similar contemporary art environment
Knowledge of museum practices, exhibition management, and curatorial practices
Proven ability to meet deadlines and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
Proven ability to work both independently and in a team environment