Curatorial Project Assistant

  • United States
  • Temporary
  • Mid Level

The Whitney Museum has an immediate opening for a full-time, temporary curatorial project assistant to work on a ground-breaking retrospective exhibition of a senior artist, opening at the Whitney Museum in spring 2023. The incumbent will work alongside the exhibition’s curator to realize the exhibition and publication, and related programs. The position will end August 30, 2023.


  • Assist in the planning and installation of a retrospective exhibition (correspondence, loan forms, checklists).
  • Work on the related catalogue and other publications (obtaining images and reproduction permissions; compiling bibliographical archives and other backmatter).
  • Assist with and write didactic labels and other copy as needed, including digital content for social media.
  • Daily administrative support (drafting correspondence, preparation of presentations, processing invoices, and other general office and clerical duties).
  • Coordinate information among various museum departments, including Exhibitions and Collections Management, Publications, Graphic Design, Visitor Services, Education, Marketing, Communications, and Research Resources. Also serve as liaison for curator’s external contacts, including artists, galleries, lenders, patrons, scholars.


  • B.A. and 2 years work history, or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in 20th-century art history and contemporary art; knowledge and interest in Indigenous art and Native American art history a plus.
  • Excellent writing, research, and communication skills, with attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle several projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work well as a member of a team.
  • Administrative and organizational skills, including experience with TMS, Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, and Zoom.


This is a non- exempt position which qualifies for over time. The Whitney offers a full benefits package including medical, dental, and vision care.  Other benefits include a 403B, transportation benefits and free admission to most Museums nationally.

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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