Job Posting: The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

Scope of Position:

The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator will possess a keen understanding of the international artist’s community as well as the conditions of artists locally and nationally. She/he will be perceptive and inquisitive, a critical thinker and an effective collaborator. He/she will research, plan and deliver temporary collection displays and special exhibitions in partnership with the Senior Curator and the Lupe Murchison Curator to contribute to a balanced and dynamic exhibition and public program schedule.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • An emphasis on art from 1990 to the present
  • Conceive and implement collections rotations and a series of smaller and medium scaled exhibitions focused on emerging artists, predicting and setting trends, issues and debate that strengthen the DMA’s position as a leader in presenting contemporary art
  • Monitor the Texas art scene through meaningful connection with the local artistic community and colleagues at other arts and learning institutions to advance the DMA’s goals to be a laboratory for ideas and collaboration
  • Present stimulating public lectures and presentations.
  • Develop and maintain advantageous local, national and international relationships with the community of artists, critics, dealers, museum colleagues, professional organizations, collectors, trustees, and friends of the Museum to enhance the DMA’s position and relevance locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Assist with fundraising and public relations efforts to support and promote departmental and museum activities
  • Collaborate with the Education division to develop and present materials and programs relating to the interpretation of the collections and special exhibitions for the public such as gallery texts, publications, lectures, electronic media, and docent training
  • Supervise shared curatorial administrative assistants and interns, in conjunction with other curators in department
  • Perform scholarly research on objects in the collection to deepen the Museum’s knowledge of its contemporary collection and for catalogues of the collection, exhibitions, and related materials to increase interest in the museum’s collections and programs
  • Research and recommend potential acquisitions and present recommendations to the Committee on Collections
  • Consider, solicit, and submit possible gifts for consideration to the Senior Curator
  • Remain well-informed of new art and artists and emerging movements through preparation of scholarly articles and essays, presentation of talks and lectures at the DMA and other institutions, and participation in professional art organizations.
  • Be available for national and international travel, serving as an important representative of the department and the museum
  • Work across all departments to promote and support the contemporary department internally and externally
  • Conform to the AAMD codes of ethics governing the museum profession
  • Adhere to museum policies and supports management decisions in a positive, professional manner

Key Qualifications:

  • Desire to think differently and demonstrate creative problem-solving
  • Aptitude for public speaking
  • Ability to effectively manage projects with a high degree of organization and productivity
  • Excellent time management, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to assess priorities and work well under pressure
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Aptitude for public speaking
  • Keen interpersonal skills
  • Aptitude for working collaboratively on projects with internal and external teams and with other curatorial staff, and members of the Education, Exhibitions, and Collections, and Public Programs divisions
  • Capacity and initiative to recommend solutions and solve problems
  • Willing to work flexible schedule including evenings and weekends when needed

Education, Experience, and Certification:

  • Master’s degree in art history or related field, with a specialization in contemporary art, theory, or practice
  • Three to five years curatorial experience working in a museum or equivalent institution with impressive record of achievement
  • Computer literacy to work on the museum’s content management systems, the museums Microsoft Office system and the electronic archival systems

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