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||Baltimore Museum of Art
||Baltimore, MD United States
|| Arts, Entertainment, and Media
Curator of Contemporary Art|
The Baltimore Museum of Art seeks a Curator of Contemporary Art to lead the Contemporary Department and join a 15 member curatorial team in fashioning a dynamic civic and cultural identity for the Museum. We envision a vibrant institution embraced as an indispensable element of community life, a vital educational resource for a broad and diverse audience, and a leader in the revitalization of the city that surrounds it.
The BMA has a wing dedicated to contemporary art where objects from its fine collection including painting, sculpture, print, drawings, photographs, and new media are exhibited. Recent acquisitions include major works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Ana Mendieta, Meleko Mokgosi, Amy Sherald, Louise Lawler, Wolfgang Tillmans, Carrie Mae Weems, Melvin Edwards, Senga Nengudi, and Stephen Towns. In addition to a major retrospective on Jack Whitten, other past exhibitions include two widely admired shows John Waters: Indecent Exposure and Mark Bradford: Tomorrow Is Another Day, and a current series of smaller project shows organized within the Contemporary collection galleries.
This is a highly attractive opportunity to work at a renowned and rapidly transforming museum that aspires to become a national and international leader in innovation around the role of art and creativity and establishing a museum platform in our society and in communities like Baltimore.
The Curator of Contemporary Art will oversee post-1960 art. S/he will enhance the collection and nurture a vibrant community of collectors and artists through exhibitions, public programs, and publications of scholarly significance. Baltimore benefits from a significant community of visual and performance artists in an increasingly vital collaboration with the city’s cultural institutions, including the nationally ranked Maryland Institute College of Art and a remarkable number of other strong academic institutions. It is a priority for the Museum staff to engage in meaningful ways with Maryland’s vibrant artistic community to build support for the BMA and to nurture a growing interest in contemporary art.
The Curator of Contemporary Art reports to the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Chief Curator and the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director. In partnership with the Chief Curator and the Director, the Curator of Contemporary Art will implement the Museum's curatorial objectives and will be encouraged to champion fresh thinking and approaches to art and to seize opportunities to be creative, experimental and innovative.
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Propose, research, and organize exhibitions of Contemporary Art and coordinate rotations in the collection galleries.
• Pursue, research, write justifications for, and present new acquisitions (gifts, promised gifts, bequests, and purchases); maintain familiarity with art market and network with dealers.
• Supervise Department, including Curatorial Assistant and interns/volunteers as required; assess staffing needs in Department.
• Conduct scholarly research and write for various publications on the BMA’s collection of Contemporary Art. Conduct research and write exhibition labels, didactics, and catalogues and articles in journals as time permits.
• Develop and participate in public programs and on-line initiatives to generate interest in and educate visitors about the BMA’s collection of Contemporary Art, including giving public talks, tours, and lectures.
• Cultivate donors.
• Assist in fundraising for acquisitions, exhibitions, and special projects as well as write narratives for grant applications.
• Ensure best possible standards in caring for the BMA’s collection of Contemporary Art, including the negotiation of loan requests.
• Oversee various collection management projects, including the augmentation of on-line records for the BMA’s collection of Contemporary Art.
• Collaborate with curatorial colleagues as well as fellow staff in the Divisions of Education & Interpretation, Development, Digital Experience & Communications, and Finance & Administration.
• Network with professional associations, including participating in scholarly panels and symposia as well as attending professional conferences.
• Plan, develop and manage division/departmental budgets.
Qualifications & Requirements
• Minimum: Master's degree in art history or related field; Ph. D preferred
• Applied knowledge of professional museum principles, practices and procedures
• Knowledge of research tools and methodology
• Self-directed and motivated
• Collaborative by nature, flexible and helpful
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and in an atmosphere of continual growth and rapid change.
• Entrepreneurial, creative risk-taker, out-of-the-box thinker
• Non-hierarchal style of leadership
• Minimum of 4-years management-level museum or comparable experience required
• Minimum of 5-years applied curatorial experience
• Demonstrated experience managing substantial department, project and/or program budgets.
• Other experience that demonstrates ability to lead and achieve within nontraditional structures, creative enterprises and cultural initiatives
• Excellent written, verbal, and listening communication skills.
• Strong staff management and mentoring skills
• Demonstrated organizational planning, problem-solving and collaboration skills
• Effective interpersonal skills, tactful, and diplomatic
• Proficient computer skills. Database and software knowledge preferred.
• Ability to interpret the collection and to communicate knowledge about it in a manner relevant to the general public
• Ability to perform and oversee scholarly research in the field
• Highly developed public speaking skills
• Ability to create and successfully manage an annual budget
The BMA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply.
We offer a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. For this exempt position we offer medical, dental, vision, prescription, 403b retirement plan, long term disability, flexible spending account, museum and restaurant discounts, and reduced fee gym membership. We also offer accrued vacation, holidays, personal days, floating holidays, and sick days.
Please send cover letter, resume, record of scholarship, and salary requirements via email to HR@artbma.org with “Curator of Contemporary Art” Last Name and First Name in the subject line.
Incomplete application materials will not be accepted.
Baltimore Museum of Art|
Founded in 1914, The Baltimore Museum of Art is a major cultural destination recognized for engaging diverse audiences through dynamic exhibitions and innovative educational and community outreach programs.
The BMA’s internationally renowned collection of 95,000 objects encompasses more than 1,000 works by Henri Matisse anchored by the famed Cone Collection of modern art, as well as one of the nation’s finest holdings of prints, drawings, and photographs. The galleries showcase an exceptional collection of art from Africa; important works by established and emerging contemporary artists; outstanding European and American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts; ancient Antioch mosaics; and exquisite textiles from around the world.
The 210,000-square-foot museum is distinguished by a grand historic building designed in the 1920s by renowned American architect John Russell Pope and two beautifully landscaped gardens featuring an array of 20th-century sculpture.
The BMA is located in Charles Village, three miles north of the Inner Harbor, and is adjacent to the main campus of Johns Hopkins University.
General admission to the BMA is free so that everyone can enjoy the power of art.
The Baltimore Museum of Art connects art to Baltimore and Baltimore to the world, embodying a commitment to artistic excellence and social equity in every decision from art presentation, interpretation, and collecting, to the composition of our Board of Trustees, staff, and volunteers—creating a museum welcoming to all.
Over 100 years ago, The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) was founded on the belief that access to art and ideas is integral to a vibrant and healthy civic life. This belief is at the heart of the BMA and remains our core value.
The BMA has long focused on acquiring the art of the present moment, while maintaining and deepening a historic collection made relevant through vigorous development and reinterpretation in all collecting areas. Through the courageous and risk-taking vision of previous Museum leaders, the BMA assembled and presented one of the most important collections of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century art in the United States. These visionary actions established the fundamental character of this Museum.
Building on this legacy of excellence, the BMA will form an equally compelling collection for the 21st century. Socially relevant, cutting-edge acquisitions, exhibitions, and programs will lead the way both locally and globally—and historical accuracy, merit, and equity will become the basis for a new canon across our Museum. Through collecting, researching, presenting, and interpreting the Museum’s rich and varied collection, and by listening to the needs of our audience, the BMA will embody its commitment to excellence, fairness, relevance, and social justice. Every Museum policy and practice, strategic decision, as well as the composition of the Board of Trustees, staff, and volunteers will be driven by these responsibilities. Bold, brave, and essential, it is the unwavering vision of The Baltimore Museum of Art to be the most relevant publicly engaged museum in the United States and a dynamic model for all others.