Introduction

 

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute collects, preserves, and interprets works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods. With a collection of approximately 300,000 art works and artifacts, the museum has particularly strong holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, contemporary art, early 20th century European painting and sculpture, Japanese prints, and photography. The museum’s 2009 addition, the Modern Wing, features the latest in green museum technology and 264,000 square feet dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture and design, and new museum education facilities. In addition to displaying its permanent collection, the Art Institute mounts more than 30 special exhibitions per year and features lectures, gallery tours, and special performances on a daily basis

 

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute collects, preserves, and interprets works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods. With a collection of approximately 300,000 art works and artifacts, the museum has particularly strong holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, contemporary art, early 20th century European painting and sculpture, Japanese prints, and photography. The museum’s 2009 addition, the Modern Wing, features the latest in green museum technology and 264,000 square feet dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture and design, and new museum education facilities. In addition to displaying its permanent collection, the Art Institute mounts more than 30 special exhibitions per year and features lectures, gallery tours, and special performances on a daily basis

Position Summary

 

Under the direction of the Chair, supports curatorial staff with research, writing and record keeping related to European arms, armor, ceramics, furniture, glass, metalwork, and wallpaper dating from about 1200 to 1945. This includes research related to lectures, publications, provenance, loan exhibitions, gallery installations, departmental history, labels, CITI, works under consideration for purchase or deaccession, and inquiries from the public. Project priorities will be set by the Chair.

 

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • In consultation with Chair and curators, supports the scholarly and curatorial activities of the department. Ensures accuracy of information and updates object files in our collections database,  CITI and LAKE. Undertakes basic cataloguing and editing of CITI records, conducts research and writing on objects 1) in the permanent collection, 2) included in loan exhibitions, 3) considered for acquisition or deaccession, 4) inquired about by scholars or general public.
  • For the Chair and curators, initiates and carries out research and preparation related to presentations, lectures, and Committee meetings.
  • Coordinates with Departments of Learning and Public Engagement, Imaging, Publishing and others when necessary.
  • Works with Chair and curators to write or edit permanent and temporary exhibition labels, catalogue entries, audio tours, and web content.
  • Assists with research related to digital labels and other in-gallery didactic materials.
  • Creates and maintains gallery or exhibition checklists, storyboards, and corresponding PowerPoint presentations when relevant. 
  • With Collection Manager, maintains up-to-date records on the collections.
  • Manages volunteer projects and supervises volunteers in research and organizational activities when relevant.
  •  Gives gallery tours and lectures on current exhibitions or permanent collection.
  • Performs other duties as required.

 

Under the direction of the Chair, supports curatorial staff with research, writing and record keeping related to European arms, armor, ceramics, furniture, glass, metalwork, and wallpaper dating from about 1200 to 1945. This includes research related to lectures, publications, provenance, loan exhibitions, gallery installations, departmental history, labels, CITI, works under consideration for purchase or deaccession, and inquiries from the public. Project priorities will be set by the Chair.

 

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • In consultation with Chair and curators, supports the scholarly and curatorial activities of the department. Ensures accuracy of information and updates object files in our collections database,  CITI and LAKE. Undertakes basic cataloguing and editing of CITI records, conducts research and writing on objects 1) in the permanent collection, 2) included in loan exhibitions, 3) considered for acquisition or deaccession, 4) inquired about by scholars or general public.
  • For the Chair and curators, initiates and carries out research and preparation related to presentations, lectures, and Committee meetings.
  • Coordinates with Departments of Learning and Public Engagement, Imaging, Publishing and others when necessary.
  • Works with Chair and curators to write or edit permanent and temporary exhibition labels, catalogue entries, audio tours, and web content.
  • Assists with research related to digital labels and other in-gallery didactic materials.
  • Creates and maintains gallery or exhibition checklists, storyboards, and corresponding PowerPoint presentations when relevant. 
  • With Collection Manager, maintains up-to-date records on the collections.
  • Manages volunteer projects and supervises volunteers in research and organizational activities when relevant.
  •  Gives gallery tours and lectures on current exhibitions or permanent collection.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

 

  • MA or equivalent in art history
  • Graduate-level study of European decorative arts/design, preferably with a knowledge and understanding of movements in the history of European decorative art and design from the 15th to 20th centuries (inclusive)
  • Reading knowledge of at least two foreign languages (German and Italian preferred)
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Knowledge of technology-based research tools as well as PowerPoint
  • Must have excellent verbal communication skills and an ability to work with all levels of staff, scholars, and visitors

 

  • MA or equivalent in art history
  • Graduate-level study of European decorative arts/design, preferably with a knowledge and understanding of movements in the history of European decorative art and design from the 15th to 20th centuries (inclusive)
  • Reading knowledge of at least two foreign languages (German and Italian preferred)
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Knowledge of technology-based research tools as well as PowerPoint
  • Must have excellent verbal communication skills and an ability to work with all levels of staff, scholars, and visitors

Benefits

 

We offer a competitive, comprehensive benefits package:

  • 5+ weeks of paid time off
  • Paid holidays (up to 14 days)
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Competitive retirement plan (up to 9% matching contribution)
  • Tuition remission and Tuition Exchange Program
  • Great employee discounts
  • Complimentary general admission to participating cultural institutions

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We offer a competitive, comprehensive benefits package:

  • 5+ weeks of paid time off
  • Paid holidays (up to 14 days)
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Competitive retirement plan (up to 9% matching contribution)
  • Tuition remission and Tuition Exchange Program
  • Great employee discounts
  • Complimentary general admission to participating cultural institutions

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Sign up for our Employment Opportunities E-announcements.

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The Art Institute of Chicago requires all applicants to complete an online application to be considered for employment. 60 minutes are allotted for applicants to complete the employment application. The application will automatically time out after 60 minutes. If you are unable to submit the completed application at this time, please choose the “Save for Later” option to avoid losing the information you have entered so far.

Closing Statement

 

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

 

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

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