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The Ira Brind and Stacey Spector Assistant/Associate Curator of South Asian Art

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Under the supervision of the Department Head for South Asian Art, the Assistant/Associate Curator of South Asian Art has responsibility for the care, utilization, and development of the Museum’s extensive and world-renowned holdings of South Asian Art. The Museum’s collection includes holdings in all realms of South Asian art with strengths in Indian ‘temple’ sculpture, Himalayan arts of all media, Rajput painting, folk art, and textiles. Directions for growth include modern and contemporary art, decorative arts, and Indo-Islamic art.  As a member of the Museum’s curatorial staff, this individual is expected to participate in aspects of the work of the Museum to enable it to fulfill its mission and to maintain the highest standards of scholarship, connoisseurship, and professional practices in the field.

Specifically, you will:

  • Work under the direction of the Head of the South Asian Art department and in cooperation with the other members of the Museum’s curatorial, education, and administrative staff to achieve the mission of the institution and its strategic objectives.
  • Work closely with the Museum’s conservation, collections management, and design and installation staffs to ensure that the works of art in their care are properly documented, conserved when treatment is needed, stored in a safe and accessible manner, and effectively displayed in the Museum’s galleries for the enjoyment and education of the public.
  • Review and provides recommendations on loan requests received by the Museum.
  • Conduct research on the collection or on related topics in accordance with a plan developed in consultation with the Head of the Department of South Asian Art. Utilize this research for a variety of purposes—e.g., the development of exhibitions and public programming, the enrichment of the Museum’s collections database and interpretive materials in the galleries, and for presentation in collections catalogues, scholarly articles, public lectures and symposia, etc.
  • Work collaboratively with departments across the Museum, including Education, Editorial and Graphic Design, and Information and Interpretive Technologies, on the development and production of interpretive materials (both print and digital) related to the collection—e.g., object labels, introductory text panels, gallery and audio guides, and educational computing tools—and on the content and presentational strategies developed for public programs and distance learning programs.
  • In collaboration with the Head of the Department of South Asian Art, organize and/or coordinates special exhibitions. This work should be understood to encompass every aspect of the development and implementation of special exhibitions, from initial project planning and research to participation in budgeting and resource development, the production of the catalogue, the creation of the installation design and a marketing plan to promote the exhibition, and the development and presentation of interpretive programs that will accompany it. 
  • Identify and recommend works of art in their area of responsibility to be acquired for the collection and provides supporting documentation (e.g., the historical and aesthetic significance of the objects, the history of their ownership, and their state of conservation) to justify their acquisition by gift or purchase. In accordance with institutional policies, periodically assess the area of the collection for which they are responsible and make recommendations for the disposition of works of art that should not be retained. Consult with the Museum’s library staff on acquisitions in her/his area of responsibility.
  • Develop in consultation with the Head of the Department of South Asian Art, a professional development plan that will enable them to keep up-to-date on scholarship and curatorial developments in the field and address any agreed-upon professional needs (e.g., managerial training, communications skills, etc.)
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Department Head.

Your diverse background includes:

  • A Master's Degree at minimum with a Ph.D. preferred but not required.
  • A minimum of two to four years relevant curatorial experience in the field.
  • Completed field work for at least one year living in the region of specialization.
  • Broad familiarity with the history of South Asian or Himalayan art history (or a closely related field) with a specialization in the history of Indo-Islamic, Buddhist / Himalayan, or early modern period preferred but not required. 
  • A proven record of research and curatorial achievement (i.e., the development and coordination of exhibitions, the acquisition of works of art, and collections research) in South Asian art broadly defined.
  • A demonstrated ability to work successfully with others—museum staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies—to achieve institutional objectives, they must have a broad knowledge of museum practices in the related fields of education and public programs, conservation, collections management, budget management, marketing, and development and external affairs.
  • Proven competency in one or more South Asian languages.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as demonstrated ability to work with databases, word processing, and other computing tools.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2018

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