Andrew W. Mellon Visual Arts Curatorial Assistant

TERM: Two years (24 months) ; second year of term is contingent upon a successful first year

DESCRIPTION:
The curatorial assistant supports the museum’s ambitious exhibitions program. S/he is responsible for a variety of curatorial and administrative tasks including exhibition research, planning, public programs, managing contacts and correspondence; assisting with the coordination of catalogs, didactic materials, and exhibition documentation; writing and editing exhibition-related copy; and registration activities. In addition, the Curatorial Assistant may have the opportunity to generate original programs and exhibitions. The curatorial assistant will also undertake a special project related to development of one of the Museum’s traveling exhibitions.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists Chief Curator in various phases of exhibition development, including research; checklist development; lender and artist relations; publication image rights and reproductions; publication research; floor plan development; and development of public programs related to exhibitions.
  • Manages the day-to-day departmental tasks with the Visual Arts Director. Provides clerical support to curators as needed, including correspondence, loan requests, and mailings.
  • Assists in writing exhibition texts including labels, gallery panels, and press and promotional materials such as online content related to Visual Arts programs.
  • Works with the Registrar in organizing curator and all other departments to ensure that the exhibitions are developed in a timely, effective and fiscally responsible manner.
  • Under the supervision of the Registrar, corresponds with participating artists, collectors and museums regarding the various details concerning the exhibition.
  • Helps maintain an archive of all of Museum exhibitions.
  • May act as courier for Museum traveling exhibitions
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Visual Arts Director and/or Museum President

QUALIFICATIONS:
Master’s degree required, preferably in Art History, Museum or Latin Studies. Solid experience working in a gallery/museum setting. Must be knowledgeable in Mexican art and culture. Must demonstrate ability to work well with others. Must be able to plan, prioritize, organize and execute multiple initiatives simultaneously an independently. Must read, write, and speak English and Spanish. Excellent computer skills required. Flexible hours are must for this position.

Start Date
March 1, 2020

Application Deadline
January 31, 2020

Salary
$42,000

How to Apply
Interested parties should email a cover letter, resume, two recommendation letters and three short (no more than one page each) writing samples to Cesareo Moreno, Visual Arts Director/Chief Curator: cesareo@nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org.