Temporary Curatorial Assistant, Part-Time

  • United States
  • Part Time
  • Experienced

A part-time, temporary Curatorial Assistant position, reporting to the Curator of prewar art, is available. The role is for four days a week from late January until the end of June 2022. The incumbent will assist the Curator with her exhibitions, patron group, and administrative tasks, among other projects. Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills are essential, and knowledge of American art from 1900–1960 is highly preferred.


Responsibilities include: Assistance in the planning and installation of an upcoming permanent collection exhibition, including management of checklists, coordinating with publications and graphic design on exhibition didactics, research, support during installation, and liaising across museum departments; provide support and research for American Fellows patron programs; scholarly research for exhibition proposals, gifts, acquisitions, and permanent collection objects; preparation of presentations; organization of meetings; general administrative tasks such as processing expenses, maintaining contacts, and scheduling tours; and supervision of department intern.  


Job requirements: B.A. in art history or related field (M.A. preferred); 3 years museum, gallery, or auction house experience; working knowledge of twentieth- and twenty-first-century American art history; clerical and organizational skills, including experience with TMS, Microsoft Office Suite, and Adobe Acrobat; excellent writing, research, and communication skills; attention to detail; and ability to handle several projects simultaneously, work well as a team, and meet deadlines.


Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to arts and culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in the arts and culture space and what you hope to bring to this role.


About the Whitney:

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.


EEO Statement:

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.


COVID guidelines:

The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority.  As such, the Whitney Museum is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.


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