Position: Ellyn McColgan Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at Museum of Fine Arts/Boston

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: resumes@mfa.org. 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.


TYPE

Staff

STATUS

Full Time

POSTED

July 13, 2018

DEPARTMENT

Art of the Americas

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PUB: E-Catalogue for Daylight Come… Picturing Dunkley’s Jamaica — National Gallery of Jamaica Blog

For our latest exhibition Daylight Come… Picturing Dunkley’s Jamaica (May 27 – July 29 2018) the National Gallery of Jamaica introduces it’s first e-catalogue. E-Catalogues will be created for select exhibitions and, while not as extensive as our print catalogues, will provide notable insight and information on their respective exhibitions, while being easily accessible to […]

via E-Catalogue for Daylight Come… Picturing Dunkley’s Jamaica — National Gallery of Jamaica Blog

Art Historian Helen M. Shannon’s Passing

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Helen M. Shannon, Ph.D., flanked by Dr. David Milburn and Cecile Keith Brown, date unknown. Source: Dr. David Milburn Legacy Award webpage. Photographer’s name not known.

 

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Helen M. Shannon, Ph.D. The photo was likely taken when Helen worked in the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Education Department, 1976-87, according to her LinkedIn page.

We have suffered a profound loss in our field and it will be felt among those with whom she worked. A few years back, a former student wrote that Helen Shannon had been an important mentor, calling her “one of the most inspirational career driven women I have ever met. I have never had a professor who has pushed me so hard to succeed, and I will be forever grateful to the role she has played in the development of my career as I pursue my Master’s Degree.” Helen inspired many of us, and she will not be forgotten.

Mark Campbell of the University of Arts, where Helen was Associate Professor and Director of the M.A. Program in Museum Studies, has written this account of his colleague:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of
Associate Professor Helen Shannon. Helen has been a well-respected
member of the UArts faculty since joining the University in 2006,
directing the Museum Education program within Museum Studies, and
since fall 2013 serving as coordinator of Graduate Studies. An
accomplished educator and museum professional, Helen has had a deep
and lasting effect on the scholarship and professional training in her
field.

Helen received a BA from Stanford University, an MA from the
University of Chicago, and a PhD from Columbia University – all in Art
History. Her dissertation was titled “Race and cultural nationalism in
the American modernist reception of African art.”  Notable
professional appointments include executive director of the New Jersey
State Museum and educator in charge, Office of Public Programs, at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art. Freelance curatorial work includes “In the
Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” a
Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, and “Biennial 2000: At
the Crossroads,” for the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

In 2015 Helen published, “Norman Lewis: Presence and Absence” as part
of “Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis” (University of California
Press – Ruth Fine Editor). She was in the process of completing an
important book in the field of Museum Education, “History and
Understanding of Museum Learning.”  Active in the museum world through
lectures and symposia, Helen has served on many boards including
current appointments with the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums and
the African American Museum.  She was also an ongoing member of the
African American Collection Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of
Art.

Within the UArts community and beyond, Helen was a respected scholar,
known for her integrity, grace and solid professionalism. She
instilled in her many students a tenacious work ethic, deep respect
for knowledge, and an awareness of the central role that museums play
in the enrichment of our lives.

An event celebrating the life of Helen Shannon will be announced to
the community in the coming weeks.”

 

– –Mark Campbell, Dean

College of Art, Media & Design

The University of the Arts

320 Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

215.717.6120

uarts.edu

 

 

IMAGE BELOW: From the award-winning exhibition catalogueProcession: The Art of Norman Lewis (2015). Source: GoogleBooks.

 

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Job Opportunity: Senior Digital Content Manager, Whitney Museum of American Art (Apply by Jan. 12, 2018)

The Senior Digital Content Manager at the Whitney Museum of American Art oversees the design, development and implementation of content strategies for the Museum’s digital platforms. The role is managerial and editorial in nature and develops digital project briefs and requirements, oversees content generation, and coordinates both internal and external production teams. The position’s primary objective is to use digital initiatives to increase engagement, both online and onsite, with the Whitney’s programming, mission and brand. As the lead liaison with Museum stakeholders, the role requires exceptional project management, storytelling, editorial, and digital experience-design skills.

 

 Responsibilities

  • Strategize and develop content across the Museum’s digital platforms.
  • Establish and maintain best practices for publishing on whitney.org, as well as other digital platforms, ensuring optimal usability, accessibility, and a consistent institutional voice across media.
  • Serve as editor for web copy, including website nomenclature, and exhibition and institutional announcements.
  • Serve as the primary project manager for all high-profile digital initiatives working closely with stakeholders throughout the Museum.
  • Oversee the development of digital requirement briefs, and manage budgets and timelines.
  • Oversee the production of video and audio content, ensuring a polished, consistent product; working with stakeholders to ensure success of livestreams of programs and events.
  • Produce institutional storytelling products, including the Whitney Stories series: conduct interviews, manage the editorial process, gather assets, and supervise outside contractors.
  • Oversee the Museum’s digital signage system and manage related contractor relationships.
  • Together with the Museum’s Digital Producer, manage website content via the Museum’s content management system, proofing and editing text for proper grammar and institutional style, and coordinating content with stakeholders throughout the Museum.
  • Work with Rights and Reproductions manager to obtain images and rights for content development and media production, as needed.

 

Requirements:

  • B.A.
  • 3–5 years professional digital content management or production experience.
  • Exceptional storytelling and production skills across media and platforms.
  • Strong background in planning and execution of media and technology initiatives, design thinking a plus.
  • Strong editorial skills, with a keen eye for consistency, accuracy, and detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and professional maturity in working with internal clients in a museum environment; ability and desire to communicate clearly about digital initiatives with non-technical staff.

 

Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:  hr@whitney.org and write “Senior Digital Content Manager” in the subject line.  Deadline for submission is January 12, 2018.

 

 

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.

REV: The changing focus of black artists

Tonya Nelson examines the changing responses of black artists to racism since the Civil Rights Era

via From denouncing racism to destabilising systems: the changing focus of black artists — Media Diversified

Job Opportunity: Curator of Painting and Sculpture, Smith College Museum of Art (Northampton, Mass.) — Apply now

Position Summary:

PRIMARY FUNCTION(S):   Oversee, steward, and develop SCMA’s collection of American and European paintings and sculpture made before 1950.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Serve as an intellectual authority on, and assume a full range of curatorial responsibilities for, the Museum’s activities related to paintings and sculpture made before 1950. Responsible for the installation, interpretation, documentation, and growth of the collection of paintings and sculpture; proposing and executing temporary exhibitions as well as serving as an in-house curator for traveling exhibitions from other institutions; initiating research on acquisitions, loans, and the permanent collection; fielding public inquiries; representing the department on Museum and College committees.

Work within a team environment, and supervise project-based research assistants and student interns.  Promote dialogue, engagement, and collaboration both within the Museum and beyond.  Work with SCMA’s senior leadership to cultivate prospective donors, foundations, and related entities to support the activities of the department as well as the growth of the collections.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education/Experience: Master’s degree in art history or a closely related field plus a minimum of three years of collection-based curatorial experience or an equivalent combination of education/experience; Ph.D. in art history preferred.

Skills: Independent and self-directed, with the ability to take initiative, anticipate actions needed, and to exercise discretion and independent judgment. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to be an effective collaborator both within the Museum and the larger College community.  Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to diverse audiences. Proven record of scholarly research and knowledge of the history of European or American paintings and sculpture 1800 to 1950. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines

Additional Information.

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer

Job Details
Title: AD0091 – Curator of Paintings and Sculpture
Department: Museum of Art
Job Category: Staff
Position Control: AD0091
Grade: H
Position Category: Regular
Internal/External Position Type: Administrative
FLSA: Exempt

Apply here.

Panel on “The Chinese and Iron Road” at University of San Francisco, 4/11/2017, 5:00-6:30 pm

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Horace Baker (engraver), “Across the Continent—The Frank Leslie Transcontinental Excursion,” published in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspapers, Apr. 27, 1878, page 129, at Online Archives of California.

Caption also reads “Rounding Cape Horn at the head of the great American Canyon with a view of the South Fork of the American River, where gold was first discovered in 1848. Chinese laborers.”

 

Panelists Sue Lee (Chinese Historical Society of America), Hilton Obenzinger (Stanford University’s Chinese Railroad Worker’s in North America Project), Paulette Liang (a descendant of a Chinese person who worked on the railroad) and James Zarsadiaz (USF) meet to discuss “Reconstructing History, Reconstructing Lives: Chinese Laborers and the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad” at USF’s Gleeson Library tomorrow.

The event is free and open to the public.

EXH: Black Fashion Designers @ FIT until May 16, 2017

On view: December 6, 2016 through May 16, 2017 This sweeping exhibition showcases works of fashion designers of African descent created from the 1950s through now. Organized into themes including “Breaking into the Industry,” “Rise of the Black Designer,” “Eveningwear,” “African Influences,” “Street Influences,” “Activism,” “Menswear,” “Black Models” and “Experimentation,” the fashions are as varied as the designers […]

via Black Fashion Designers at FIT Museum — Fashion, Textile & Costume Librarians

EXH: Muslims in New York @ Museum of the City of New York

Muslims have been woven into the fabric of New York since the city’s origins as New Amsterdam, and the Museum is happy to share highlights from our collection which shed light on this deep history in our current exhibition, Muslim in New York. The size and diversity of New York’s Muslim community has continued to […]

via Muslim in New York: Highlights from the Photography Collection — MCNY Blog: New York Stories

EXH: “Shifting: African American Women Artists and the Power of Their Gaze” @ David Driskell Center, opens March 2nd

The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park is proud to announce its spring exhibition, Shifting: African American Women Artists and the Power of Their Gaze. The exhibition, organized by the Driskell Center, is curated by the David C. Driskell Center’s Executive Director, Professor Curlee R. Holton, assisted by Deputy Director, Dorit Yaron. The exhibition will be on display at the Driskell Center from Thursday, March 2, 2017 through Friday, May 26, 2017, with an opening reception on Thursday, March 2nd, from 5-7PM.

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