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
Provides managerial oversight for the permanent collection of the Department. In conjunction with curators, organizes and manages exhibitions in the Department of American Art. Coordinates all activities between curatorial department and Museum Registration for loans, keeping curator and Registrar up-to-date on their status. Researches and catalogues the collection. Maintains CITI records, object files, and research materials. Serves as liaison between departmental curators, preparators, and support staff, with departments of Conservation, Registration, Imaging, AV, Physical Plant and other museum departments for all collection and exhibition-related issues. Administers loan requests from outside the museum. Prepares a list of accessions for the annual report.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assists the Curators in the management of the permanent collection. Develops and maintains departmental accession records and serves as departmental liaison with CITI project. Supervises interns and/or volunteers in cataloguing.
Researches and catalogues objects in the collection. Maintains files on individual objects, artists, and institutions. Supervises interns and/or volunteers in research.
Manages, by advance appointment, access to collection objects and research-related materials. Assists scholars’ research.
In consultation with curators, preparators, and other department staff, coordinates all activity pertaining to the permanent collection. This responsibility includes the organization of movement of works of art, both in the collection and on loan. Prepares and keeps records of receiving and shipping orders and insurance of loans, all pertaining to works of art.
In conjunction with curators, initiates, coordinates and follows through on all department-level external relations between lenders and Museum Registration and the Director’s Office, for everything related to the preparation of the installation and de-installation of the exhibition galleries.
In conjunction with curators, initiates, coordinates and follows through on all internal relations between the department and Museum Registration, Director’s Office, as well as between the Departments of Physical Plant, Audio-Visual, Imaging and Graphics for everything related to the preparation of the installation and de-installation of the exhibition galleries.
In conjunction with curators, researches, prepares and assists with exhibition checklist development.
Monitors works for conservation attention on need-be or loan request basis.
Prepares a list of accessions for the annual report.
The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. It is encyclopedic in nature with strong holdings across all media, all traditions and all ages. The Art Institute is particularly recognized for its extraordinary Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American collections, among other aspects of its holdings. In a...ddition to housing its permanent collection, it typically stages 35-40 special exhibitions a year. In 2014, it was named by TripAdvisor travelers as the number one museum in the world, a remarkable recognition that speaks not only to the quality of the collection but to the entirety of the visitor experience.
The Art Institute welcomes between 1,400,000 and 1,800,000 visitors a year and has a membership of 100,000. The museum has an annual operating budget of approximately $110 million.
Founded in 1879, the Art Institute grew with the success of Chicago and quickly attained world class stature given the strength of its collection. The Art Institute has expanded several times in its history, most recently and notably with the opening in 2009 of the 264,000 square foot Modern Wing designed by internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano. The addition has been critically important to the museum as it not only provided much needed gallery space, but also allowed the Art Institute to reorganize its galleries to present the collection in a more logical and accessible fashion. The new addition also includes one of the largest education facilities at any museum and this center has allowed the Art Institute to expand its already impressive array of offerings.