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An Assistant Curator specializing in the arts of Africa is sought to develop and expand projects in the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing...

The works in the Africa collection span fired clay figures shaped in present-day Mali during the twelfth century to the fiber creation Bleu no.

1 (2014) by contemporary innovator Abdoulaye Konaté. Major forms of visual expression surveyed relate to traditions of portraiture, dynastic succession, generational rites of passage, ancestor veneration, healing and divination, and theatrical performance.
• Their authors have contributed to major social and cultural developments, including the flourishing of urban centers such as ancient Jenne, evident in devotional sculpture sponsored by its citizenry;
• the arrival of Islam through trans-Saharan trade reflected in decorative arts ranging from tunics to architectural design;
• the early embrace of Christianity by Ethiopian monarchs and their sponsorship of liturgical works; the dawn of coastal trade with Europe and the exchange of exotic presentation pieces wrought from locally sourced ivory for imported luxury materials;

a transformation in representation and the development of modernism in the West; and dynamically resilient historical traditions that endure into the present day.


The Assistant Curator is required to be a specialist in the arts of Africa. You will report to and collaborate with the Curator in Charge of the MCR Wing setting long-term department priorities and will participate in : the renovation of the permanent galleries, including research, cataloguing, presentation, publication and interpretation;

and the development of special exhibitions and collaborations with international partners.


Refine and develop plans for the installation of the collections in the newly renovated Michael C. Rockefeller Wing in consultation with the Curator in Charge

Expand and enhance interpretative strategies for the planned renovation, including writing labels and developing digital content with colleagues in and beyond the department

Assist with on-going special exhibition projects for MMA; develop new exhibition projects in coordination with the curator

In coordination with other Department members, initiate, plan and develop outreach activities relating to the collection for audiences ranging from donors to the general public, including production of the Departments newsletter, support group events, and other responsibilities

Handle requests from the Education Department for information concerning works featured in the Africa galleries and ongoing training of MMA volunteers

Maintain and expand information on the Africa collection in the TMS database and online catalogue

Maintain and develop international networks with museums, universities, and research institutes, including handling correspondence with international researchers and institutions concerning their inquiries about access to works in the collection and related information;

assist with scholarly collections study

Research and write on the collection for MMA and other publications, including exhibition catalogues and digital platforms

Conduct research on incoming acquisitions, gifts, and deaccessions

Prepare routine gallery rotations

Other related duties


Experience and Skills :

Knowledge of both primary sources and secondary literature required

Demonstrated ability to write and speak about works of art with precision and care

Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, that reflect high standards and good judgment, across a range of international constituencies

Fluency with collection databases

Three to five years of museum experience

Advanced computer skills

Knowledge and Education :

MA in the Art History of African Art; PhD preferred

Strong working knowledge of French required


Pay Range : $80,000.00 - $85,000.00 / Annually

The advertised pay scale reflects the good faith minimum and maximum salary range for this role. The advertised pay scale is not a promise of a particular wage for any specific employee.

The specific compensation offered to a candidate may be dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the candidates experience, education, special licensing or qualifications, and other factors.

Last updated : 2024-05-23
New York NY USA


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