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Rothman Family Associate Curator, Prints and Drawings (Chicago)

The Rothman Family Associate Curator envisions new strategy for the exhibition, interpretation, and development of prints and drawings collection, including, but not limited to late 18th-, 19th-, and early 20th-century French, Belgian, Dutch, German, and Scandinavian works on paper. Realizes this strategy through exhibitions and publications; documented research of collections; engagement with local and international scholarly communities; and proposals for acquisitions by purchase and gift. Serves as primary specialist for internationally recognized collection of 19th- century works on paper. In this capacity, performs ambassadorial function for the Department of Prints and Drawings and for the Art Institute in representing the institution locally, domestically, and internationally— communicating in oral and written form with scholars, curators, dealers, collectors, and members of general public.


- In conjunction with senior curators, takes primary responsibility for certain national schools and periods represented in the permanent collection, including nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European prints and drawings, especially French, German, Belgian, Dutch, and Scandinavian schools. Documents these collections, assesses their strengths and weaknesses, keeps abreast of the market and current scholarship, works with dealers, recommends and researches new acquisitions.

- Proposes, organizes, and implements permanent-collection based exhibitions in the Goldman Galleries for Prints and Drawings as well as Allerton Galleries. Selects artwork, writes labels and didactic materials, and oversees installation. Also expected to organize major loan exhibitions.

- Researches and writes justifications on new acquisitions and gifts for the Advisory Committee. Makes presentations at Committee Meetings.

- Contributes to general supervision of interns, volunteers, and special projects research assistants (when applicable) in areas of specialization.

- Contributes to general operation of Print and Drawing Club, offering special programs for Club membership in area of expertise.

- Researches and writes on the permanent collection in area of specialty for museum and scholarly publications.

- Lectures to classes and museum groups and otherwise participates in relevant conferences and symposia, maintaining up-to-date knowledge within area of specialization and more generally related to works on paper, printmaking techniques, and relevant conservation standards.

- In conjunction with senior curators, works closely with donors on research and documentation of their collections and advises on acquisitions, as appropriate.

- Answers research correspondence and telephone inquiries from scholars, curators, dealers, collectors, museum members, the general public, and other museum departments.

- Takes primary responsibility for accurate and up-to-date cataloguing of new acquisitions and permanent collection in areas of specialty.

- Takes primary responsibility for certain individual collections within the permanent collection.

- Travels in the U.S. and abroad to perform art historical research, visit dealers, and to act as courier for works from the permanent collection.

- Ph.D. in Art History preferred. A record of scholarly publications in the field of 19th-Century European works on paper

- Minimum of 4 years of museum (or related) experience.

- Experience handling prints and drawings. In-depth knowledge of printmaking and drawing techniques. Proficiency in French and at least one other European language.

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Up-to-date knowledge and active participation in academic discourse in area of specialty.

When applying, please submit letter of interest, writing sample, curriculum vitae and 3 references in one PDF. To apply please click on the External Link below.


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