Curator of Exhibitions and Programs
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Reports to the Executive Director
The Curator of Latino and Latin American art is integral to mission of the Museum with primary responsibility for the preparation and overseeing of temporary exhibitions, care, presentation, and interpretation of the Museum’s permanent collection, which encompasses all aspects of the field and all media from ancient to contemporary. They contribute to expanding the understanding and appreciation of Latino and Latin American art through scholarship that supports exhibitions, education and publications, and informs the public, students and scholars.
As a department head, the Curator assumes a leadership position within the curatorial division, with additional responsibilities including the exhibition design, grant writing, managing and curating of the Changarrito project, institutional special events, press duties, internship management, social media management, and basic institutional website maintenance.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
•Contributes in all aspects of departmental operations, including the development of new
exhibitions, research on the permanent collections, and the production and supervision of
grant applications related to prospective exhibition programming
• Maintains and develops scholarly expertise and contacts
• Prepares exhibition narratives
• Corresponds with borrowers/lenders regarding packing and shipping requirements
• Oversees project management and the completion of all final designs, construction and
fabrication of models and installation of exhibits
• Engages in all aspects of exhibit research, development, design, creation, prototyping and evaluation
• Organizes collection-related programs including lectures and tours
• Writes catalogues and promotional materials related to all temporary exhibitions
•Exhibits expertise in the knowledge of the Museum’s permanent collection featuring the Serie Project Archive and Taller de la Grafica portfolios
•Integrates the Museum’s permanent collection into temporary exhibitions and programs
Original commissions and acquisition:
• Acting in accordance with the policy of their museums, curator makes recommendations for the acquisition of works of art for the collection. Acquisitions—whether through purchase, gift, or bequest—should be guided by the mission of the museum as well as by the curator’s expertise.
Special Event programming:
•Oversee artistic contributions to Viva la Vida and the Annual Gala del Mexic-Arte via unique commissions, fundraising, and presentation of archival images, distribution and education of Latino visual art for the general public through diverse and innovative programming, installations, or alternative presentations
•Coordinate lectures, panels, curator’s tours, and provide private donor tours
• Identifies, defines, and develops funding sources to support existing and planned program activities in addition to coordinating the development, writing, and submission of grant proposals to third-party entities.
• Responsible for raising funds through the solicitation of monetary donations, in-kind gifts, new community partnerships, and other contributions which may benefit the organization in its mission.
•Curate annual Changarrito schedule consisting of a contemporary artist residency program
• Coordinate with artist to receive associated biographical information for evites, facebook event, and other promotional material
• Develop and implement social media strategies and plans that facilitate and are integrated with the association’s strategic goals.
• Write for, contribute to, manage and grow Mexic-Arte Museum’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media presences, and continuously evaluate additional platforms and tools that may support the association’s goals.
• Create, obtain and edit video content for the Mexic-Arte Museum’s web site and social media platforms.
• Update and maintain the calendar, news, and exhibition portion of the Mexic-Arte Museum official website
• Have general HTML knowledge using content management systems (CMS) such as ExpressionEngine
• Draft original content for evites, newsletters, and associated program advertising
• Act as institutional representative for press interviews as needed for exhibits
• Craft written materials, including message points, press releases and press kit materials.
• Post internship calls on associated educational databases.
• Communicate with potential internship applicants and assign associated departments to intern candidates for interviews, reviews, and placement.
M.A. or Ph.D. in appropriate discipline plus at least 3-5 years experience in a museum or equivalent. An ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. A record of exhibitions and publications. Mastery of current scholarship in his/her field. Ability to both lead and participate in project teams and committees. Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is preferred.
Please provide a CV, cover letter, writing samples and exhibition design samples via a portfolio of hi-res images with explanatory text for each sample.
Salary: $36000, Health and Dental Insurance opportunities
. Applications should be submitted to:
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