The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston seeks a promising and dynamic scholar in the fields of decorative arts and sculpture to become the Ellyn McColgan Assistant Curator in the Art of the Americas department. We look to hire a team-oriented colleague who will promote, interpret, build, and care for all aspects of this extensive collection, which encompasses art from North, Central, and South America, from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. The McColgan Assistant Curator will work with colleagues across the Museum to achieve the institution’s Strategic Plan goals, such as diversifying and reinterpreting the collection through targeted acquisitions, gallery displays, exhibition development, publications, presentations, and audience engagement.
Candidates should demonstrate excellent research, writing, and speaking skills, as well as the ability to manage complex projects effectively and to deepen relationships with donors and supporters. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and experience, as well as a willingness to gain new expertise. An interest in and commitment to exploring the changing nature of art museums and their relationship to the public is desirable.
Minimum Qualifications and Experience:
• Graduate degree (M.A. or Ph.D.) expected, with specialization in decorative arts and sculpture of the Americas, or related fields.
• Three to five years of experience in a museum or comparable institution.
• Demonstrated scholarly ability through publications, conference papers, or other activities.
• Demonstrated curatorial ability through exhibitions, gallery displays, programs or other activities.
Ideal Candidate Profile:
• Committed to collaboration with others both inside and outside the institution, and ability to make decisions to move plans and objectives forward.
• Strong sense of accountability for achieving stated objectives and demonstrable experience doing so.
• Evident experience working successfully with colleagues to achieve collective objectives in such areas as visitor experience, marketing, education and digital initiatives.
• An international perspective but experienced in becoming personally and professionally committed to an institution’s city, people and artistic community.
• Speaking and/or reading ability in Spanish, French, or other relevant foreign language.
Personal Qualities and Attributes:
• Intellectually rigorous
• Inspirational, passionate, curious
• Generous of spirit, a team player
• Superior judgment, tact and diplomacy, with good organizational skills
Application materials are being accepted immediately. For consideration, please submit your letter of interest and CV to: email@example.com. You may also submit your materials via postal mail to: Human Resources Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.
The MFA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from diverse candidates.
July 13, 2018
Art of the Americas
Calls for Contributors: Book Anthology on Race, Folk, and Ethnography in Visual Culture
Deadline: September 14, 2018
The recent rise in problems of immigration and race are of long historical standing. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Europe, increased colonial expansion, industrialization, economic inequality, and nationalism severely tested the assumptions of a shared social fabric. In this, the visual arts performed a key function by amplifying or mitigating racial and ethnic difference. We are seeking proposals for essays that explore representations of race and folk within the context of the disciplines of ethnography and anthropology. The focus of the book will be to examine art’s role in forming social constructions about the interactions between white majority populations with minorities that are indigenous, migratory or nomadic, or relocated through colonization. Proposals are encouraged which look at understudied countries and challenge traditional assumptions, such as perceived homogenous populations (Scandinavia, for example) or those with diverse and shifting multi-ethnic groups, as in Central Europe and Russia. Of particular interest are topics that consider ambiguities and contradict assumptions of uniform binary relations: East-West fusions within racial origins, interracial marriages, fluctuating borders, and migratory populations. One might consider the fact that the folk were valorized in definitions of national identity simultaneously with the marginalization of indigenous people through racist characterizations and ethnic categorizations. So too, admiration for the primitive and the popularity of “exotic” people as entertainment co-existed with their denigration.
Proposals are welcome that apply themes from critical race theories, such as the definition of racial identity through social construction, evidence of microaggressions, and practices of essentializing ethnic groups rather than individuals. How did countries that viewed themselves as progressive and inclusive deal with evidence that contradicted this? In what ways did multi-ethnic regions foster a common culture while at the same time practicing biological or cultural racism? How did migratory folk populations disrupt conventional definitions of ethnic identity, which were based in part on geography? Proposals are also welcome that consider continuing echoes of these issues later in the twentieth-century; that look at ways in which marginalized minority groups used culture as a means to empower and define themselves; or that focus on the construction of white racial identity.
Proposals should be approximately 300 words and are due by September 14.
Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art seeks proposals for papers on the topic of “Amateurism and American Visual Culture.” Accepted papers will appear in a guest-edited section of Panorama issue 5.1 (May 2019).
Amateurism, as both a praxis and an attitude, has been a fundamental concept for the development and reception of American art. In the Colonial period, for instance, trained painters and self-taught limners alike were measured against Europe’s professional portraitists, and producers of decorative arts were often viewed as craftspeople or artisans rather than fine artists. And during the nineteenth century itinerant painters and so-called “folk artists” established careers that had little in common with those of artists now recognized as American masters, like Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church. At the same time, however, Americans (Benjamin Franklin, for example) have long admired the “Yankee ingenuity” and “useful knowledge” of self-starters and laypeople.
In the twentieth century amateurism emerged as an invaluable foil for American modernists: Robert Henri encouraged the painting of what one knows rather than what one learns; the regionalist artists disavowed the theoretical expertise of the Stieglitz Circle artists and writers; and the junk stylings of some Neo-Dadaists were complemented by their slapdash techniques and a casual disregard for “high art.” Snapshots, home movies, and hobby art are more obvious, though historically far less visible, examples of artforms that have been classified as amateur, and today, of course, DIY productions, both digital and analog, abound, and everyone with a smartphone is an accidental curator.
The various historical and contemporary categorizations of Native American visual culture are especially relevant to these themes. We know, for instance, that Abstract Expressionists borrowed from supposedly “primitive” artforms to heighten the aura of untutored amateurism around their works. But we also know that appropriation is just one context, and a flawed one at that, for analyzing Native American art, which for better and for worse, often finds itself at the crossroads of the vernacular and the institutional. And, of course, Native American artists have negotiated amateur and professional identities for their own purposes, in order to advance sovereignty, for example, or to participate in markets not entirely their own.
Refreshingly, scholars, curators, and publishers have begun to examine the art and visual culture of amateurism in recent years: there is the enduring appeal of the photographic snapshot and accompanying “snapshot aesthetic,” recent books and articles on amateur film, successful folk art exhibitions, and the National Gallery of Art’s current exhibition Outliers and American Vanguard Art. Nevertheless, the significance of the amateur-professional dialectic to American art requires more critical attention, and, at a time when the arts and humanities are subjected to more and more evaluative measures, the insouciance of amateur art seems more and more urgent.
Panorama seeks papers of approximately 5,000 words that take innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to the analysis of amateur art and its material, historical, theoretical terrain. We encourage authors to consider the unique advantages of the journal’s online platform, which permits various digital enhancements, such as high-resolution images with zoom capabilities, the embedding of moving images and films, interactive maps, and the reconstruction of historical exhibitions, to name a few possibilities.
To propose a paper, please send a 500-word abstract and curriculum vitae to Justin Wolff: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for proposals: May 15, 2018
Deadline for papers: December 31, 2018
The School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) invites applications for a full time faculty position in the Program of Art and Technology. The MFA in Art and Technology is a unique studio based program within an Institute that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the performing, visual and musical arts.
The Art and Technology curriculum is centered on the student’s studio practice, creative research and an exchange of dialogue between peers, visiting artists and faculty. Technical instruction is offered in the creative use of computer programming, digital media and sound, immersive installation, interactive media and hybrid performance. This wide range of instruction is augmented with critiques, lectures and seminars that set out to challenge conventional ideas about what constitutes an art practice in the 21st century.
Requirements and Duties:
A cross-disciplinary studio practice is required, along with a significant record of exhibitions, the ability to engage in creative research and critical theory, art history and five years of professional experience using digital technology and software. At least three years teaching experience at the graduate level within the field of art and technology is expected.
-The successful candidate will be expected to teach a full-time workload that is the equivalent of four (4) courses per semester in the Program in Art and Technology.
– Mentoring graduate students
-Conducting mid-residency and graduation reviews
-Participating in curricular planning, admissions review and assessment for the Art and Technology program
-Attendance at program, school and Institute events
-Sustaining a vibrant exhibition record and achievement in the field of art and technology
-Three (3) or more years teaching at the graduate level.
-An MFA or terminal degree in a field relevant to the position
How to Apply
To apply please submit the following:
– Letter of application (include teaching philosophy)
– Names and addresses of three references
– Work samples that exhibit a technical and creative use of technology within a contemporary art practice. These work samples should include a relevant combination of the following: published writing samples, relevant websites, up to ten digital images and/or five video excerpts no longer than three minutes each.
-Brief course proposals are also encouraged.
Please submit all media and forms to SlideRoom –
Review of applications will begin immediately, and will be considered until April 6, 2018
Equity & Diversity
CalArts is proud of its diverse student body and deeply committed to supporting the cultural and artistic aspirations of all its students. A commitment to increasing opportunities for low-income students and currently disenfranchised groups is necessary, as is the desire to work to support institutional goals of equity and diversity in an ongoing way. CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist’s growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.