Curatorial Assistant

Application deadline: June 18, 2021

Full-time position based in New York City

About Dia Art Foundation
Dia Art Foundation was established in 1974 for the purpose of commissioning, collecting, and presenting major works of art made in the 1960s onwards. Today it consists of eight permanent sites across the United States and Germany, as well as three (soon to be four) changing exhibition spaces in New York state: Dia Chelsea in New York City, Dia Beacon in the Hudson Valley, and Dia Bridgehampton in eastern Long Island. Dia is taken from the Greek word for “through” and conveys the foundation’s role as a facilitator of meaningful artistic experiences that can be encountered in single and repeated visits.

Position Summary
Dia seeks a curatorial assistant to play an important administrative role in its dynamic and expanding curatorial program. This full-time position is based in Dia’s New York City office with occasional travel to Dia’s other sites and locations. The Curatorial Assistant will work closely with the Curatorial team, especially the other Curatorial Assistant, to support the care and maintenance of Dia’s growing collection and to help implement Dia’s expansive program of commissions, exhibitions, long-term displays, performances, and related public programs designed to advance the foundation’s mission. The Curatorial Assistant’s responsibilities include scheduling meetings about interdepartmental projects, taking minutes, maintaining curatorial research files, managing correspondence, and other administrative tasks for the department at large. The Curatorial Assistant will provide support for forthcoming projects with artists such as Mel Edwards, Delcy Morelos, and Senga Nengudi, among others. They will also assist with publications and other didactic materials, coordinate public programs, and research and coordinate acquisitions under the supervision of the curators.

Responsibilities:

Administration:

  • Maintain project-specific meeting schedules
  • Prepare agendas for and take notes at meetings about key projects
  • In collaboration with the Curatorial Assistant and the curators, prepare materials for quarterly board meetings, coordinate with the Director’s Office to gather agenda items and assemble slide presentations, and support the Curatorial department with other board materials
  • Maintain regular contact with the Development department; utilize Altru to update and maintain lists of curatorial contacts and Dia collection artists
  • Maintain files of curatorial research materials such as images and texts
  • Work closely with the Archivist to maintain the curatorial archive and library
  • Work closely with the Information Technology department and facilitate technological needs for the Curatorial department
  • Oversee mailing of Dia publications 

Program and collection coordination:

  • Research potential artists for programs and acquisitions
  • Assist with all aspects of implementing exhibition projects including scheduling meetings, maintaining correspondence, and tracking projects
  • Write and develop exhibition-related texts intended for the general public, including calendars, checklists, floor plans, interpretive materials, invitations, and other printed and digital materials
  • Produce, actively review, and update content related to programming and exhibitions on Dia’s website to ensure it is accurate and up to date
  • Work with the Senior Registrar to oversee and maintain all loan paperwork and related correspondence for long-term loans to and from the collection, as well as for the exhibition program as needed
  • Coordinate acquisitions for board approval, review checklists, and prepare paperwork and relevant correspondence

Public program organization:

  • Serve as Curatorial’s first point of contact at Dia and facilitate interdepartmental communications about public programs related to Dia’s exhibitions
  • Support curators with logistics surrounding visiting speakers including travel coordination, itineraries, and the preparation and submission of international visas
  • Coordinate the execution of contracts, letters of agreement, and payment for those involved in Dia’s programs
  • Occasionally assist with public programs, Development events, and exhibition openings at various Dia sites 

Qualifications:

  • Interest in art from the 1960s to the present
  • Ease with managing a variety of tasks and projects simultaneously; have excellent time-management skills; and be self-directed, organized, and detail oriented
  • BA degree in art history or similar field of study and 1–2 years of administrative support experience preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are essential
  • Proficiency in Spanish or another foreign language desired

To apply, email a letter of interest and resume to hr@diaart.org with “Curatorial Assistant” as the subject heading.

Application deadline: June 18, 2021

Dia provides a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package with significant employer contributions toward premiums. The 401(k) plan provides 100% employer match up to 4% of the employee’s deferral and immediate vesting. Paid time‐off benefits include three weeks of vacation, ten days of sick leave, thirteen holidays, and a generous parental leave program. Additionally, staff ID badges gain reduced or free admission to most American museums and arts organizations.

Dia Art Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its employment policies. In addition, Dia will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

 

 

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