June 28, 2016 - Whitney Museum of American Art - Seeking Curator
June 28, 2016

Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Photo: Ed Lederman, 2015.

Seeking Curator

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, New York 10014
United States


The Whitney Museum seeks a curator with an extraordinary record of exhibitions and publications. The position requires strong expertise in 20th and 21st century American art, with a specialty in prewar art and/or works on paper preferred but not required. The position reports directly to the Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator and supervises junior staff. 

–Propose and organize loan exhibitions as well as special exhibitions culled from the collection, including the writing and preparation of related scholarly catalogues, brochures, and didactic texts; development of educational programs; and fundraising
–Working in consultation with the Chief Curator and Curator of the Collection, contribute to the building of the collection through acquisitions and research
–Participate in activities and research related to the Sondra Gilman Study Center for works on paper
–Work closely with other curatorial staff and departments in the museum, in particular Conservation, Education, Exhibitions and Collections Management, Publications, Advancement, and Research Resources
–Cultivate external relationships with artists; trustees and various patron groups; members of the press; and colleagues at other institutions
–Initiate donations and evaluate gifts; approve loans; work with artists, scholars, and other interested parties to access the collection; undertake special research projects for the collection and acquisitions as needed; represent the Museum within the scholarly community through participation in panels, symposia, and other forums; supervise administrative matters related to these activities

–MA in art history; PhD preferred
–10+ years of experience, including a distinguished record of exhibitions, publications, and acquisitions in the field of American art

Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: hr [​at​] whitney.org and state “Curator” in the subject line.

About the Whitney
As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of 20th century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. Designed by architect Renzo Piano and situated between the High Line and the Hudson River, the Whitney's new building vastly increases the Museum’s exhibition and programming space, providing the most expansive view ever of its unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art.  

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.

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