JOB: Visiting Assoc. Prof, Modern Art @ Spelman

The Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College invites applications for a Visiting Associate Professor specializing in Modern Art History (late eighteenth century to early twentieth century) to start August 1, 2019. The position is for one year, renewable up to three years.

The department seeks an innovative scholar whose pedagogical approach to European Modernism employs interdisciplinary methods that intersect comparatively with African, Caribbean and African American art histories. The ideal candidate brings global ideas, both historical and contemporary, into dialogue with the aforementioned art histories as well as American modernisms. Applicants are expected to be well versed in teaching critical theories and methodologies in Art History, such as critical race theory, gender and sexuality theory, post-colonial theory, and de-colonial strategies. Object-based pedagogies utilizing permanent collections and special exhibitions at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, the Robert W. Woodruff Library, and neighboring arts institutions are preferred as is research that intersects with the Innovation Lab. The appointment requires a 2/2 teaching load, including introductory and advanced level art history or curatorial studies courses. Responsibilities include teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in art history, maintaining a well-articulated research and publication agenda, service to the department and the college, and contributions to the overall mission of the Atlanta University Center. The application deadline is midnight (EST) on January 3, 2019.

The Department of Art & Visual Culture offers majors and minors in art, documentary filmmaking and photography, a minor in art history and a curatorial studies program. Beginning fall 2019, art history will be offered as a major and curatorial studies as a minor. The initiative, established with a $5.4 million dollar grant from the Walton Family Foundation will position the Atlanta University Center as a leading incubator of African-American museum professionals in the United States.

The Department of Art & Visual Culture is part of ARTS@Spelman, which also includes the departments of Theater & Performance, Dance Performance & Choreography, Music, the Digital Moving Image Salon, the Museum of Fine Art and the Spelman College Innovation Lab. The College is planning a new innovation and arts building, which will be an interdisciplinary environment that supports and advances experimentation, collaboration, active play, research and the imaginative use of digital technologies.

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JOB: Associate Curator, Postwar African American Art @ Getty Research Institute

Associate Curator for Modern and Contemporary Collections, Specializing in Postwar African American Collections

Job Summary

Reporting to the Head of Modern and Contemporary Collections in the Getty Research Institute’s Curatorial Department, develops special collections and general library collections for research on 20th-21st century American art history, working in the context of present GRI collections as well as local holdings and other related collections on American art and artists.  Within modern and contemporary, primary attention will be devoted to developing African American collections.  Requires experience and demonstrated expertise in modern and contemporary history, with particular expertise in African Amerian art history; knowledge of recent research, publications, and exhibitions in both African American and in contemporary art is essential.  Makes recommendations for single works and collections for acquisition: researching, examing, and drafting proposals; similarly, assesses donations and large collections for research value, authenticity, and condition (including proenance); drafts and negotiates contracts and appropriate permissions and licenses; works collegially, and often collaboratively, with curators in the department, archivists, librarians, bibliographers, and other colleagues at the GRI and across the Getty.  Utilizes scholarly background and expertise interpreting the collections in the preparation of exhibitions, publications, lectures, online/digital resources, and public programs.  Brings a network of relationships with artists, galleries, museums, and dealers.  Responds to queries concerning the collections, assists with processing decisions, evaluates items requested for loan by other institutions, and recommends conservation treatments.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Applies advanced knowledge of art history and art education to complex curatorial assignments
  • Performs complex scholarly research to support the institutional mission
  • Organizes significant exhibitions, major publications, or major acquisitions
  • Cultivates connections nationally and internationally with scholars and museum colleagues
  • Actively participates in acquisitions and collection development
  • Publishes and lectures in area of specialization
  • Assesses conservation needs of the collections; participates in digitization; assesses loan requests
  • Collaborates in and may lead research projects; shares collections and/or serves as a resource to scholars, visitors and staff

Qualifications

  • M.A. or Ph.D. in art history or related area in the humanities
  • 5 years related experience
  • Skilled in all curatorial functions

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to build long-term relationships, collaborate and direct teams across disciplines
  • Competent with collection management and digital asset management tools
  • Accomplished in art historical research and writing
  • Ability to communicate and distill information for a specialized audience or the general public
  • Ability to adapt written material for a variety of audiences online or in print