Please note: This is a term position. Term duration: 1 year, with possibility of renewal
Summary The Curatorial Fellowship Program at the Harvard Art Museums is designed to broaden the experience of scholars embarking on professional and academic careers in art history who are considering the museum profession.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Maher Fellow will work closely with the Curator of American art to develop a forthcoming exhibition on the material history of silver. This show will travel from the mines and mints of 16th century Latin America to the workshops, dark rooms, and artist's studios of 18th and 19th century Britain, Europe and the Americas to consider the multifaceted roles that silver has played in the history of art and the history of empire, and to map the wide-raging tools and technologies that developed to support the extraction and transformation of this precious metal, and the different meanings it accrued at different stages of production. The show seeks to foreground narratives of process and invisible labor that are often left unacknowledged in exhibitions of this kind.
Assist with a broad range of other curatorial activities, including preparation of collection gallery installations and interpretive materials, cataloguing of the permanent collection in the Art Museums' database, assistance with new acquisitions and donor cultivation.
Foregrounding the museum's teaching and research mission, the Curatorial Fellow also helps provide content expertise and support for the Art Museums' Art Study Center by supporting classes and individual appointments, participates in a series of art handling workshops, and contributes to a rich offering of public and academic interpretive programs across various platforms. The Fellow will be an active member of the Fellows' cohort intellectually and socially and contribute to a final group project, likely in the form of a Fellows colloquium.
The Fellow may supervise students and temporary employees.
A complete application includes a letter of interest, résumé or curriculum vitae, transcript, English-language writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Complete applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
1. Please apply online with letter and curriculum vitae. Please upload transcript, and one article-length, English-language writing sample.
2. Please ask references to send letters of recommendation to the following address: email@example.com (please note that the letters of reference will be verified).
Additional Note: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.
Salary Grade: 090
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates must meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this position: MA in Art History or related field
PhD strongly preferred (specialization in decorative arts history, or expertise in a metalworking desirable)
Commitment to fostering the appreciation of works of art in a museum context
Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; ability to work independently as well as collegially
Curatorial or related experience a plus though not required
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 48075BR
About Harvard University Art Museums
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