Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Modern Art - Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Washington University in St. Louis
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Internal Number: JR61963
The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, seeks a up to two-year Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Modern Art. The fellowship provides hands-on curatorial training and supports scholarly research related to the Kemper Art Museumâ™s collection of 19th and early 20th art. Time is divided between specific projects and general curatorial work, including research on the collection and new acquisitions, rethinking the presentation of the collection, participation in aspects of special exhibition projects, and opportunities to give public lectures.
The Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Kemper Art Museum should have in-depth expertise in the field of modern art, knowledge of curatorial practices, and a demonstrated interest in developing critical narratives of modernism that incorporate a multiplicity of creative perspectives.Â
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Advance art historical research on pre-1950 modern art to develop and execute permanent collection installations.
Support the expansion of the Museumâ™s collection in the areas of African American and African diasporic art, as well as more broadly underrepresented modern art.
Coordinate show on African Modernism (anticipated to open spring 2023).
Collaborate with Washington University faculty to create Teaching Gallery exhibitions.
Oversee exhibition and related project budgets; research and write grants related to exhibitions.
Assist the Director and Chief Curator with the development of broad Museum support, including fundraising, donor relations, and public relations.
Ph.D. degree in art history or a related field with expertise in 19th and early 20th century art.
Knowledge of critical histories and theories of race, class, gender and colonialism in relation to the production, reception, and interpretation of art.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Some museum experience is desired.
Proficiency in one or more foreign languages appropriate to the field of scholarship with fluency is strongly preferred.
Base pay is commensurate with experience.
Applicant Special Instructions
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, two letters of recommendations and one writing sample.
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