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Research Assistant (Grant-funded, Fixed term) – Drawings and Prints

Assists project curators with research tasks in preparation for an upcoming exhibition and accompanying publication. Performs research for exhibitions, including subjects such as artists, periods, styles, etc.; specific works; locations of works; etc. Assists with catalogue preparation; preparation of checklists and wall labels, from compiling to typing; and coordination and scheduling of work to be done within the Museum and without, in such areas as conservation, photography, public information, matting and framing, construction, lighting, etc. Compiles, organizes, formats, and edits catalogue data for completeness and accuracy. Obtains image rights for publication, print, and digital use, which may involve extensive research and written correspondence with external parties. Compiles research dossiers for the publications’ authors. Assists visiting scholars with logistics of their residency and compiles research resources to support their study. Assists with a variety of other editorial, administrative, and organizational tasks for the exhibition. Ensures that schedules are maintained and deadlines are met. Reports to Senior Curator and Associate Curator.

Master’s degree in art history required, with specialization and/or expertise in queer studies. Conversant in mid-20th-century performance and dance histories of New York City, with a focus on queer studies and the relationships between dance/performance and the plastic arts of the period. Experience as an academic or institutional research assistant. Experience working with works of art or collections. Familiarity with researching provenance and estates, and securing permissions and clearing image rights preferred. Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills. Highly motivated, with strict attention to detail and a rigorous approach to tasks. Strong initiative and ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines. This project is expected to conclude July 31, 2019.


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