Call for applications

Performa : Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowships 2016–18

Performa, New York, United States
Deadline: 23 May 2016

Performa : Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowships 2016–18

Edgar Arceneaux, Until, Until, Until…, 2015. Performa Commission. Photo: Paula Court. Courtesy of the artist and Performa.

Performa invite applications for the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowships, which provide a comprehensive training experience for post-doctoral scholars within the year-round program of the organization and the development and presentation of the critically acclaimed Performa biennial.

Designed to educate a new generation of curators, the fellowships will equip emerging scholars with a vested interest in performance, with the necessary skills for curating, producing, and critiquing both contemporary and historical performance by visual artists.

The Curatorial Fellow will contribute to the year-round Performa Institute initiatives, traveling exhibitions, and programs, and will also be given the opportunity to develop a project for the biennial, in tandem with the Performa curatorial team. During the Performa biennial, the fellow will be involved with the coordination and day-to-day operation of the Performa Institute program of talks and events at the Performa Hub. The fellow will contribute to the ongoing historical research and publishing activities of the organization, and to the editorial content of the Performa Magazine, all of which provide unique opportunities for substantive research and writing projects. The fellow will gain in-depth exposure to the history of performance and to current issues in curating performance.

For a full position description, please click here.


About Performa

Performa is a multidisciplinary non-profit arts organization, founded by art historian RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of 20th century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the 21st century, engaging artists and audiences through experimentation, innovation, and collaboration. Part of Performa’s mission is to present a biennial of visual art performance in New York City that illuminates the critical role of performance in the history of art as well as its enormous significance in the international world of contemporary art.



Applicants must have been awarded a PhD degree in Art History or Performance Studies with an interest in contemporary global practices across media, including dance, music, and film.



The paid position is full-time for two years, based in New York City, starting summer 2016.



Application deadline: May 23, 2016

To apply, qualified candidates should send their completed application, including a cover letter, CV, and two writing samples, one of which must be a dissertation chapter, to with “Mellon Fellowship” in the subject line.

The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowships are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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