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Curatorial Coordinator, Art Bridges

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks a Curatorial Coordinator to assist in the development and implementation of a series of loans and small exhibitions to eight partner museums in the Pennsylvania Art Bridges consortium. This initiative, supported by a grant from the Art Bridges and Terra Foundations, will bring American art to the regional museums of Pennsylvania.

The Curatorial Coordinator will serve as a liaison to these partner museums, traveling to visit and assess their collections and facilities, engaging with their curatorial and education staff, and helping to develop with each partner a sense of goals and a plan for small installations and exhibitions based on key loans principally from the PMA. Surveying the PMA’s American collections for appropriate work, the Coordinator will develop a list of potential loan objects, then host partner curators who will visit the Museum to consider the possibilities. With staff at the participating museums, the Coordinator will help develop interpretive programs, publications, marketing, and evaluation strategies. Working with the PMA’s registration, conservation, photography, and art handling staff, the Coordinator will organize preparations for the requested loans, and may occasionally travel with the objects to supervise unpacking and installation.

The members of the consortium will convene annually to discuss plans and other topics of professional interest; the Coordinator will organize these meetings and manage travel arrangements and expense reimbursement for the participants.

The position will begin after July 1, 2018 and run until December 2020 (two years and nine months), with the possibility of renewal as part of a future Art Bridges grant.  

Specifically, you will…

  • Assist with research and develop a list of potential loans from the PMA to be shared with partners
  • Host visiting partner staff as they select work and research loans
  • Develop and maintain TMS exhibition module and “object packages” with up-to-date information, including display requirements and constraints, for partner loans
  • Research and develop up-to-date TMS entries for the loaned objects, to ensure correct information for labels and publications as needed
  • Arrange for photography of objects and photo reproduction rights, as needed
  • Communicate object information and installation plans to all collaborators at the PMA and partner museums (curators, registrars, conservators, educators, marketing, etc.)
  • Help coordinate the work of the Conservation departments to prepare the works of art for loan, and with the mount-maker on the art handling staff as necessary
  • Travel to partner museums to plan loans and program components with them or assist in installation
  • Organize annual one-day convening of the partners, at the PMA or at a partner site
  • Miscellaneous duties as assigned

Your diverse background includes…

  • M.A. or equivalent in American art history or curating
  • At least two years of experience in a museum setting or other art institution
  • Technical proficiency with personal computers and standard office equipment; fluent with Microsoft Office platform (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access); experience with collection management software; experience with TMS (The Museum System) preferred
  • Good interpersonal & organizational skills
  • Art handling and courier experience is desirable
  • Driver’s license is desirable
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