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Whitney Museum of American Art – Seeking Curator/Associate Curator of Performance

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, United States
Deadline: call is now open

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Photo: Ed Lederman, 2015.

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Photo: Ed Lederman, 2015.

The Whitney Museum seeks a curator or associate curator with a strong vision for performance within a museum context and an outstanding track record of programming in the performing and visual arts.

Reporting directly to the Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, the incumbent will create and oversee an ambitious program of performance art, music, dance, theater, and other related activities, as well as propose and organize exhibitions. He/she will play a key role in the evolution of the Whitney’s newly established theater and ensure the integration of performance within the overall artistic direction of the Museum and Collection.

–Oversee the Museum’s performance program, occupying a 170-seat theater, galleries and outdoor spaces, and a multi-use gallery for film, video, and performance; generate accompanying texts and publications; and supervise research and documentation related to the program.
–Propose and organize exhibitions across mediums, including the writing and preparation of related scholarly catalogues, brochures, and didactic texts; development of educational programs; and fundraising.
–Supervise a Senior Curatorial Assistant and Curatorial Assistant and work closely with departments across the Museum, including Exhibitions and Collections Management and the Theater Manager, Education, Development, Publications, Graphic Design, Research Resources, Legal, and Visitor Services.
–Lead the Performance Committee patron group and cultivate other donors and trustees, as well as external relationships with artists, members of the press, and colleagues at other institutions.
–Undertake special projects related to the Whitney’s collection, acquisitions, and departmental initiatives.
–Represent the Museum by delivering lectures, participating in symposia, and contributing in other ways that further its mission.

–MA in art history or strong knowledge of 20th and 21st century art preferred
–At least 5 years of experience in the field of performance, including demonstrated programming, scholarship, and a history of publications
–Title (Curator or Associate Curator) will be determined based on level of experience

Application instructions
Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: Write “Associate Curator/Curator Performance” in the subject line.

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.

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.


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New York, New York 10014
United States


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