Frances B. Bunzl Family Curator/Associate Curator of European Art (Regular/Full-time)
Reports To: Chief Curator
Employment Status: Regular/Full-time
Please include a cover letter when applying for this position.
The High Museum of Art seeks an experienced and innovative curator with expertise in European art from 1800-1960. Title and level of supervision will be commensurate with experience.
Under the supervision of the Chief Curator, the Frances B. Bunzl Family Curator/Associate Curator of European Art will oversee all aspects of the Museum’s curatorial program for European art including a collection of nearly 1,000 paintings, sculpture, and works on paper spanning the fourteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries. Featuring important works Bellini, Carpaccio, and other Renaissance and Baroque artists, the core of the early European paintings and sculpture collection was formed through gifts from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in the late 1950s. In the ensuing decades, the Museum significantly expanded its holdings, with particular emphasis upon drawings and prints as well as the work of nineteenth and twentieth century artists including Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, and Émile Bernard, among others. The Museum is presently planning for a major reinstallation of its collections in 2018 and anticipates the new Curator will have opportunities for refining these presentations, and importantly, organizing and overseeing major loan exhibitions for presentation at the High as well as national and international venues.
• Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
• Coordinating with the Chief Curator, plan and manage the development of the European art collections, exhibitions, and related curatorial programs;
• Develop and manage important, creative exhibition projects in the field, including the organization of major collaborative projects with national and international participants;
• Research information pertinent to the identification, documentation, or authentication of works of art and develop appropriate object records in accordance with current professional standards;
• Conceive, develop, and publish exhibition catalogues, scholarly articles, and related works, including via digital formats.
• Maintain current knowledge of the art market and conceive and pursue strategic objectives of gifts, bequests, and purchases to develop and refine the European art holdings;
• Regularly and effectively communicate and work with museum staff, trustees, colleagues, and others to enrich, expand, and otherwise facilitate the program of European art and to ensure that related content is accurately conveyed and represented;
• Work with collections staff and the Atlanta Art Conservation Center to anticipate collections care and conservation needs for respective holdings;
• Work collaboratively with education and interpretation staff to develop and produce interpretive strategies and accompanying materials for collections-based projects and special exhibitions, as well as conduct training for docents and provide new opportunities for community outreach;
• Propose and lead programs for the museum’s Friends of European Art support group and otherwise foster and maintain good working relationships with existing and potential patrons, trustees, and museum colleagues across the country and abroad, as well as with the academic community, art dealers, and collectors;
• As required, serve as a mentor to Mellon Fellows, assistants, and interns;
• Train and serve as a designated museum art courier as necessary;
• Respond to scholarly and public inquiries related to the collection;
• Represent the museum in professional associations and at symposia and other scholarly meetings and events;
• Meet all responsibilities with the highest ethical and professional standards.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and Experience:
• M.A. required; Ph.D. in art history with specialization in European Art preferred;
• Minimum of five years of relevant experience and knowledge of museum practices;
• Expertise with exhibition development and organization, including both national and international collaborations;
• Strong record of research, scholarship, and public speaking, with proven experience in organizing significant exhibitions and publications;
• Familiarity with new technologies and their impact upon the museum field;
• Must be resourceful, creative, flexible, and have the ability to work effectively and positively with other professional staff across multiple divisions in a highly collaborative environment.
Skills and Abilities:
• Exhibits effective communication, organizational and time-management skills.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Some standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands, stooping and light lifting (at least 10 pounds) is needed.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.