Title: Curator Department: Curatorial Reports to: Executive Director Status: Full time, Exempt
El Museo del Barrio is the nation’s premier Latino and Latin American cultural institution. Our mission is to present and preserve the art and culture of this important and growing community, through our ever-expanding Permanent Collection, acclaimed exhibitions, innovative programs, and renowned bilingual education initiatives.
The Curator serves as the in-house scholar, manager and spokesperson for El Museo del Barrio. S/he regularly interfaces with a broad and interested public, including artist, community members, colleagues and students, regarding the art, artists, and programs related to EL Museo. The Curator is responsible for general public interface as well as for all aspects in the production and implementation of designated temporary. Permanent Collection, and travelling Museum exhibitions, and all related programming and printed matter. S/he is responsible for the research, development, interpretation, implementation, documentation, dissemination, conclusion, and reporting.
The Curator reports regularly on progress to the Chief Curator / Executive Director, recommends action, and implements approved activities. The Associate Curator is responsible for the supervision of the curatorial staff, interns, volunteers, and contract workers, as directed, and for the productive interaction of the Curatorial Staff with other departments vis a vis these projects. The Curator serves as a host spokesperson and art historian, professionally representing El Museo del Barrio.
I. Administrative & Development Responsibilities
- Responsible for all aspects of planning for exhibitions, including but not limited to: all correspondence, clarifying and producing final checklist, short and long narrative descriptions, power point presentations and other development materials, proposed programming calendars, bibliographies and other educational materials, and tracking and adhering to all related budges set forth by the institution. Collaborates with all staff, colleagues, interns, volunteers, and contract workers necessary to complete these tasks. Coordinates and manages images and captions for press, education and curatorial, and suggest appropriate materials for the Museum Shop in a timely fashion, including books, catalogues, other merchandise.
- Working in tandem with the Registrar and/ or Permanent Collection Manager, is responsible for the coordination of all aspects of incoming and outgoing shipping, including loan forms, contracts, and all professional services.
- Produces final texts for bilingual invitations, press releases, signage, brochures, website materials, ad copy, and other public materials, and coordinates with necessary editors, translators, designers and other providers in the production of said materials.
- Working in tandem with public relations, special events, and Development, plans for all details relating to press events and receptions.
- Carries out all details required for the implementation of approved programs throughout the course of the exhibition, in collaboration with the Education & Public Programs Department, the Operations Staff, and others, including tours for VIP or special groups.
- Concludes all programming and exhibitions as required, including but not limited to final reports, filling and archiving.
II. Physical Care and Handling
- Produces proposed exhibition layouts and installation and de-installation schedules, including the planning of all personnel (security, art handlers, operational personnel, artists, etc.), display furniture mounting needs, av equipment and its installation, and other site-specific technicalities. Insures all materials and personnel needed are present as required. Maintains and updates schedules during installation and de-installation, informing all parties of any changes.
- Plans, Coordinates, implements is responsible for the supervisions of the entire installation and de-installation as the curator-in-charge, serving to solve any unexpected problems or issues which may arise.
III. Other Related Duties
- Assist in preparing grant proposals related to exhibitions and programs.
- Assis in the ongoing research and maintenance of the Permanent Collection and undertakings related to its digital dissemination.
- Attendance at all institution-wide meetings, and occasional attendance at meetings with boards, funders, artists, curators, or professional colleagues as requested.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Master’s Degree in Art History, Fine Arts, Museum Studies, or a related field.
- 3 to 5 years of curatorial or museum experience.
- Spanish/ English bilingual skills.
- Fluency in various computer- and digital imaging systems.
- Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to manage simultaneous priorities and meet deadlines.
- Ability to work well with various constituencies, and supervise volunteers, interns, professional contract workers, and others.
El Museo del Barrio is an equal opportunity employer who does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other legally protected status.