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 264,000 square feet dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture and design, and learning and public engagement. 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 Executive Director of Registration and Collections oversees the management of art objects for which the Art Institute of Chicago is accountable. This includes Museum-owned objects on site and on loan, as well as objects owned by others on loan to the Art Institute of Chicago. This position is responsible for collection movement, packing, storage, contracts, insurance, documentation, and policy compliance, while finding new ways to innovate and improve upon currently-accepted best practices.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Actively manage day-to-day operations, workflow, and finances across the department.
Establish and implement revised standards and workflow for proper intake, storage, movement, shipping, and documentation of art objects, assuring the safe display of artworks.
In partnership with the Corporate Secretary, ensure compliance with institutional policies surrounding art and find areas for improvement where possible.
Direct art-related logistics, including shipping, receiving, packing, handling, installation, and tracking of objects throughout the Art Institute footprint, including off-site storage, outgoing loans, and all exhibitions.
Manage all art-related insurance, including coverage for accessioned and loaned objects; monitor and report on institutional liability associated with loaned objects.
In partnership with Project Management, curatorial, Conservation, and Legal departments, plan, budget, and coordinate art shipments for exhibitions, acquisitions, art sales, and other related activities.
Develop and execute a strategic plan for art storage, reflecting both current storage allocation and future needs related to collection growth and diversification.
Define standards for collections data within enterprise systems; create new reporting tools in collaboration with Museum Analytics and Strategy to improve reliability of collections data.
Identify opportunities to reduce complexity associated with collections management both within and beyond the department; serve as a thought partner with senior leadership.
Plan and execute periodic audits of the collection in tandem with Finance department using best practices for inventory management.
Oversee courier program to facilitate transport of high-value objects.
Collaborate with Protection Services to ensure safe and secure installation of objects.
At least 10 years of experience in managing high-value and/or ultra-luxury assets
Experience with contracts, insurance, and external-facing negotiation with international partners
Ability to independently structure and manage large teams
Demonstrated success in driving cultural change
Strong interest in using applied data and analytics for evaluation and decision making
Exceptional communication skills and willingness to work with a wide range of stakeholders
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 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.