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Works on Paper, Photography, & New Media Fellow

The Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) seeks an American and European Works on Paper, Photography, and New Media Fellow for a two-year appointment. Working under the direction of the Director of Curatorial Affairs, the primary role of the incumbent is to research, steward, assess, and display an under-researched strength of HoMA’s permanent collection—16,000 Euro-American prints, drawings, paintings on paper, photographs, and time-based media works. The ideal candidate will bring a strong history of scholarly research involving iconography, provenance, techniques, and processes, as well as experience with art handling, high-level curation, and interpretation. HoMA welcomes and encourages applications from individuals of all backgrounds who meet the minimum requirements below. A familiarity with Hawaiian culture and history and knowledge of Pacific-Rim artists and practices is a plus.

HoMA’s American and European works on paper permanent collection features approximately 16,350 drawings, prints, watercolors, collages, and mixed media objects by renowned artists across time and cultures. Drawings and prints by 16th- and 17th-century luminaries such as Albrecht Dürer, Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi, and Rembrandt van Rijn are included along with 19th- and 20th-century masters such as Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Joseph Cornell. Contemporary artists including Edgar Heap of Birds, Kara Walker, David Hockney, Mickalene Thomas, and Andy Warhol reflect a range of social, political, and personal subjects. HoMA’s extensive photograph collection contains over 1,700 works and is comprised of early examples of mid-19th-century to modern and contemporary works by innovators such as Imogen Cunningham, Man Ray, Diane Arbus, Catherine Opie and Thomas Struth. Our small, but growing, time-based media collection, with works by Nam June Paik, Tony Oursler, and Jennifer Steinkamp, is also within the purview of this position’s responsibilities.

The Works on Paper, Photography, and New Media Fellow (“Fellow”) will work closely and collaboratively with colleagues across the museum, including with staff from Learning and Engagement, Collections, and Curatorial Department to research, interpret, assess, and refine the museum’s works on paper collection. Part of the collections research will include assessing new potential photographic and African American prints from local collections and making acquisition recommendations to the Collections Committee. The Fellow will also assist in collection refinement by making thoughtful recommendations for deaccessioning, based upon potential duplicates or conservation.

The Fellow will additionally serve as a creative collaborator, working closely with the Director of Curatorial Affairs and other curators to suggest innovative display ideas and introduce non-traditional approaches to presentation and interpretation that align with newer developments in the museum field at large. They will write and speak to general museum audiences in dynamic ways that not only expand art interpretation and discussions beyond traditional art historical narratives, but also prioritize more insightful and inclusive perspectives. They may assist with research on department-wide curatorial projects as needed, such as cross-cultural, thematic, and multi-media installations in permanent collection galleries. Like all curators and research staff, they will help us build and maintain relationships across the museum and community with artists, members, donors, new audiences, and art professionals and work respectfully with and for the many diverse communities that we serve, in alignment with HoMA’s key initiatives and strategic objectives.

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Relevant research areas: North America, Western Europe

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