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.
BASIC FUNCTION: Under the direction of the Curator, assists in all aspects of preparation for contemporary exhibitions, performances, programs, publications and presentations (all of which will have a strong transhistorical and interdisciplinary character), as well as management of the contemporary collection; provides administrative support to the Curator.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: In consultation with the Curator, the Research Associate will provide support in the four main areas:
Provides research toward exhibition proposals, checklists, and catalogue; assembles research and image databases, and exhibition presentation materials; corresponds with collectors, galleries, and museum colleagues as well as research institutions and estates; assists in coordinating research symposia, programs, and meetings related to current exhibition projects; liaises with pertinent departments in the museum as well as collaborating institutional partners on local, national and international levels.
Performances & Programming
Provides research toward proposals for performances and programs; liaises with artists/participants and pertinent departments in the museum towards the production of works and events; assists in the coordination of performances and programs; liaises with collaborating institutional partners on local, national and international levels.
Assists in installation and presentation of works in galleries, including maintaining digital archive; researches and drafts gallery labels and texts, web texts, audio tours and museum publications; supports work toward acquisitions (including for the Society of Contemporary Art) and deaccessions; provides research for conservation treatments and reframing; assists in visitor correspondence as well as catalogue raisonne requests; assists with research and PPT imaging for lectures and other public speaking engagements; researches for scholarly articles related to the collection; provides tours of the contemporary collection or exhibitions, as needed.
Arranges and books travel for Curator and visitors associated with modern and contemporary department projects; prepares expense reports for travel; assists with other activities and projects aligned with mission of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art.
M.A. in Art History; specialization in Contemporary Art; minimum 3 years museum experience, curatorial preferred; record of research, writing and public speaking; strong sense of hospitality; easy communicator; successful record of time management and working on large-scale projects with multiple stakeholders.
Please submit a writing sample with your application.
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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.