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General Responsibilities
The Assistant/Associate Curator of Modern Art is responsible for the research and interpretation
of the Museum’s collection of European and American Modern Art. Working closely with the
Senior Curator, this position manages the Museum's collection-based provenance research and
participates in the installation and rotation of the permanent collection galleries devoted to the
Menil’s renowned holdings of Surrealist art. In addition, this curator works in various capabilities
to conceive, assist or execute in-house, traveling, and temporary exhibitions. Working broadly
access departments, the position has a major role in the Museum’s small and dynamic curatorial
team and is expected to help build the collection and support the institutional priorities and
mission of the Menil Collection.

Specific Duties
1. Curate exhibitions of Modern art, often accompanied by publications highlighting the
curator’s research initiatives.
2. Work closely with the Senior Curator to develop regular gallery rotations as well as longterm
installation plans for the Surrealist galleries.
3. Collaborate with Menil staff in Curatorial, Conservation, and Collection Management
Departments to continue provenance research on the Museum’s collection of Modern art.
4. Work with the Menil’s Director and Senior Curator to propose and research acquisitions.
5. Work closely and cooperatively with the Director of Advancement and other members of
the Advancement Department, to cultivate patrons and identify and secure funding
sources and grants.
6. Maintain a strong network of artists, dealers, curators, museum directors, and collectors
and promote the local, national, and international profile of the Menil Collection.

1. Master’s degree or Ph.D. in art history with a specialization in European and American
Modern art. A scholarly focus on Surrealism is preferred.
2. Minimum 3-5 years of curatorial experience with demonstrated scholarship in the field.
3. Strong preference for candidates with reading and speaking proficiency in French.
4. A specialization, and/ or professional or scholarly commitment to Surrealism preferred.
5. Knowledge of international standards and best practices for provenance research.
6. Excellent communication and public speaking skills.
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