Assistant Curator

Application deadline: Open until filled

Paid, full-time position based in New York City

Assistant Curator

Dia Art Foundation seeks an Assistant Curator with curatorial and exhibition experience, live performance production skills, and a background in modern and contemporary art history. This is a full-time position based at Dia’s offices in New York City with travel to Dia:Beacon and other sites as needed. 

Dia is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of extraordinary artists. A nonprofit founded in 1974, Dia collects the work of some of the most renowned artists of the last half-century, presents long-term, site-specific projects, executes new commissions, and produces scholarly publications related to its collection and exhibitions. 

Reporting to the Curator, this position is responsible for a broad range of activities related to the coordination and development of Dia’s program across its sites. The Assistant Curator works closely with the Curatorial team on the production and installation of temporary exhibitions and projects, performances, and related public programs designed to advance the foundation’s mission. Additionally, working with Dia’s Archivist, the Assistant Curator is responsible for research related to the maintenance and development of temporary exhibitions, performance, and special project chronologies, tracing Dia’s programmatic history back to its inception.

Responsibilities include:

  • Under supervision of the Curator and in collaboration with the Curatorial team, work on upcoming commissions, exhibitions, performances, and public programs at Dia:Chelsea and other Dia sites
  • Research and contribute ideas relating to artists of all disciplines, thinkers, and other specialists for current and future programs
  • Develop exhibition-related materials such as checklists, floor plans, and copy for brochures, grant applications, laminates, press releases, as well as other printed matter and digital copy
  • Assist in the development of Dia’s project-specific publications
  • Work with the Curator and other members of the Curatorial team to develop and produce public programming that supports exhibitions and programs across Dia’s sites; help coordinate the logistical aspects of these public programs
  • Collaborate with the Curator, Director of Education, and Visitor Services team to develop and implement front-of-house staff training for new exhibitions and projects
  • Conduct special tours of Dia’s collection, exhibitions, and sites, and participate in lectures for the Development department, such as for Council programs and other events, as needed
  • Supervise interns on a revolving basis
  • Assist the Curator with the management of Dia’s permanent sites by facilitating communication with Dia’s various partners, maintaining site budgets, assisting with other administrative tasks, and developing and coordinating joint programming
  • Assist with administrative functions such as drafting correspondence, coordinating travel, on-site arrangements, and honoraria for artist and public program presenters, maintaining exhibition project budgets, and submitting invoices for payment
  • Travel for research and other events as needed

Qualifications:

  • MA in art history, curatorial studies, or the equivalent and at least 5 years of prior curatorial work experience; majors in other relevant disciplines will also be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Dia’s collection as well as involvement in international contemporary art with a particular emphasis on emerging artists; interest in film, sound, and/or performance is desirable
  • Production and programming experience in the contemporary art field
  • Advanced research skills, including primary and secondary research on art and artists, historical exhibitions and events, and /or key figures
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in French, German, or Spanish desired
  • Knowledge of computer databases and MS Office software
  • Ability to organize, conceptualize, and direct a variety of projects simultaneously is essential
  • Regular work schedule is Monday–Friday, 9:30 am–5:30 pm; however, must have flexibility to work occasional nights and weekends

To apply, e-mail letter of interest and resume to hr@diaart.org with “Assistant Curator” as the e-mail subject heading. Qualified finalists will be asked to submit a summary of prior research and a writing sample.

Dia provides a competitive salary and a generous benefits package including health, life, and disability insurance plans and a 401(k) plan with company match. Paid time‐off benefits include three weeks of vacation, ten days of sick leave, and twelve holidays. Additionally, staff ID badges gain reduced or free admission to most American museums and arts organizations.

Dia is an equal opportunity employer.