The Davis Museum at Wellesley College seeks an innovative, energetic, and ambitious Assistant or Associate Curator.
Supervised by the Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs / Senior Curator of Collections, this position focuses mainly on the permanent collections and participates in an active schedule of collections-based installations and temporary exhibitions, and related publications and programs.
An integral member of the curatorial team, the Assistant or Associate Curator works closely with staff in all areas of Davis operations, with faculty and students across disciplines, and with campus administrative staff. The position also fosters relationships with the local, national, and international arts communities.
Duties include: all aspects of conceptualizing, planning, and organizing exhibitions and related projects; caring for, researching, and writing about the Davis collections and participating in the acquisitions process; producing gallery didactics and scholarly publications; offering formal lectures and informal gallery talks; participating in events and outreach efforts; supervising interns and student workers, and liaising with the Davis Museum Student Advisory Committee (DMSAC).
Ph.D. in Art History or equivalent experience required, with 3-5 years experience working in an art museum. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated scholarly expertise in a major historical area of Davis collecting, proven knowledge of professional museum practices, including realization of collections and loan exhibitions, history of inventive exhibitions and significant publications, experience in collections development and museum cataloguing.
The position requires excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to work effectively, collegially, and collaboratively with others as well as to manage projects and deadlines independently, and the capacity to maintain simultaneous priorities. Proficiency in a digital environment required. Travel and other duties as assigned.
The candidate will join the staff of a museum at the center of the intellectual life of a vital undergraduate campus, and to be successful should possess a strong commitment to the unique orientation of the academic museum and to the teaching mission of the Davis.
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About the Davis.
One of the oldest and most acclaimed academic fine arts museums in the United States, the Davis Museum is a vital force in the intellectual, pedagogical and social life of Wellesley College. It seeks to create an environment that cultivates visual literacy, inspires new ideas, and fosters involvement with the arts both within the College and the larger community.
The Davis collections, including some 11,000 objects, span global history from antiquity to the present and include masterpieces from almost every continent. Today, the holdings are housed in an extraordinary museum building, designed by Rafael Moneo, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. In addition to dynamic presentations of the permanent collections, and installations that support specific coursework and research interests, the Davis hosts a rotating series of engaging temporary exhibitions and programs organized to inform, delight, and challenge visitors.