Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Museum for African Art Postdoc

The Museum for African Art is pleased to announce a new postdoctoral
fellowship funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Curatorial
Fellow will be a postdoctoral scholar (ABD considered) who possesses a
strong knowledge of the field of African Art. Preference will be given
to applicants who specialize in art of the African Diaspora. This
position calls for a close relationship with exhibition curators to help
plan and implement exhibitions and publications. During tenure at the
Museum, the Fellow will contribute significantly to the preparation of
three to five individual exhibitions.

A majority of the Museum for African Art¹s exhibitions during the
Fellow¹s two year appointment will involve guest curators who represent
the top of their fields both academically and curatorially. Though the
Fellow will be primarily mentored by the Curator of Contemporary Art,
the new Associate Curator of Traditional Art, and Associate Director of
Curatorial Affairs, (s)he would also have the rate opportunity to work
directly with the guest curators in their areas of expertise.

The Curatorial Fellow will be encouraged to develop an exhibition in his
or her area of expertise, working closely with the Museum for African
Art curatorial staff, guest curators and advisors. There is potential
for the exhibition and accompanying publications to develop into an
exhibition presented by the Museum for African Art at a future date.
Grant funds will support travel in pursuit of research.

*Duties and Responsibilities:*
-Assist the Curator of Contemporary African Art, the Associate Curator
of Traditional African Art, and the Associate Director of Curatorial
Affairs in research, planning and development of curatorial projects
-Research and develop an exhibition and accompanying catalogue project
-Assist with administrative support for day-to-day functions of the
department -Travel to academic conferences

*Skills and Abilities:*
-The ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
-Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships -Ability to communicate effectively and in a professional
manner -Ability to self-direct, take initiative, and anticipate actions
as needed -Attention to detail and ability to conceptualize steps
involved in implementation of projects

-PhD (ABD considered) in art history, anthropology or museum/curatorial
studies with a focus on African art required -One to three years related
professional experience (preferably in a museum

Competitive compensation and benefits package.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, three letters of
recommendation (submitted independently by referees with the candidate's
name in the subject line), a short statement describing your area of
research and the potential for its development into a museum exhibition,
and curriculum vitae by March 10, 2012 to mellonfellowship@africanart.org.

*The Museum for African Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer*

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When does the position begin?