Job Title: The Eleanor and Harry S. Parker III (Assistant or Associate) Curator of the Arts of the Americas|
Reports to: Senior Curator of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific
Division: Curatorial [Ancient and Non-Western]
Classification: Full Time, Exempt; Full Museum Benefits available
Scope of Position:
The Eleanor and Harry S. Parker III Curator of the Arts of the Americas is responsible for the acquisition, deaccessions, exhibitions, and publications of the collections of the arts of ancient Americas art from Mesoamerica, the Intermediate area, and the Andean Culture Area; art of the North American Indian; as well as post-conquest Mayan textiles. The position reports to the Senior Curator of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific. The Curator of the Arts of the Americas collaborates with other curatorial staff and members of the Education, Exhibitions and Publications, Collections Management, Development, and Marketing and Communications as well as works with donors and supporters. The Curator of the Arts of the Americas will support the mission and artistic program of the Museum and represent the Museum locally, nationally, and internationally with a high degree of integrity and professionalism.
- Conceives and implements plans for the development, exhibition, care, as well as research and publication of the Museum’s Arts of the Americas collections.
- Recommends and acquires new art works that represent the highest standards of connoisseurship and in accordance with the policies and procedures of the DMA, AAMD, national, and international laws.
- Conceives and organizes installations from the DMA’s collections and for special exhibitions, including publications and interpretive resources.
- Develops major exhibition projects that tour nationally and internationally, including conducting research, soliciting loans, and working with appropriate departments to coordinate exhibition preparation.
- Performs scholarly research to publish books and catalogues on the permanent collections, exhibitions, and related materials.
- Works with Collections management department to assure that the collection records are accurate and updated.
- Continues professional development, including contributing to the field by participating in appropriate art historical, archeological, scholarly, museum, and arts organizations.
- Plays an active role within the Curatorial Division by participating on interdivisional teams to further the goals and programs of the Museum.
- Collaborates with the Education Division to develop and present resources and programs for the public relating to the interpretation of the collections and special exhibitions, including gallery texts, publications, lectures, electronic media, and docent training.
- Works actively with the Marketing and Communications Division in press relations and appearances, as well as on a variety of media, both broadcast and in print.
- Assist with writing and securing grant proposals on behalf of the Museum.
- Supports policies and procedures as set by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) during installation and deinstallation of exhibition or collection works.
- Adheres to policies and procedures of the museum and conforms to the AAMD code of ethics governing the art museum profession.
- Supervises shared curatorial administrative assistant and interns, in conjunction with other curators in department.
- Performs other duties as necessary or assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- M.A. required; Ph.D. preferred in pre-Columbian Art History or comparable field (Anthropology or Archaeology), with a specialization in the art of ancient North America, Mesoamerica, Latin American Studies, Intermediate Area or Andean Culture Area.
- Two to five years curatorial or equivalent experience.
- Experience working on acquisitions through gifts and purchases preferred.
- Experience working on national traveling exhibitions preferred.
- Knowledge of the pre-Columbian art market and international network of dealers preferred.
- Ability to work collaboratively on projects with internal and external teams.
- Ability to share, through lectures and publications, knowledge and experience to a wide variety of audiences.
- Demonstrated ability to write for scholarly publications.
- Ability and initiative to identify and solve problems.
- Computer literacy to work on the Museum’s internal content management systems, the museum’s Microsoft Office system, and The Museum System (TMS).
- Willingness to work flexible schedule including evenings and weekends as needed.