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Curatorial Assistant - Museum of Modern Art

Curatorial Assistant - Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art is currently accepting applications for a curatorial assistant in the Department of Drawings and Prints to assist the senior curatorial staff in all areas of their responsibilities, including administrative work in the context of curatorial functions such as acquisitions, collections records, bibliographic and biographical records and files, research for exhibitions and publications, departmental committee loans, and general curatorial inquiries.


Performs work in relation to the care of the collection and expedites arrangements for custodial, registration, and preparation work as required by the curators in the maintenance of the collection in gallery, study, and storage areas

Conducts daily collection gallery inspections and assists with follow-up arrangements in the event of damage, deterioration, etc.

Performs the duties of exhibitions assistant, including research on subjects such as artists, periods, styles, etc., on specific works, on locations of works, on photograph sources, etc.  

Assists in arranging loans; catalog preparation; preparation of checklists, including compiling and typing; coordinating and scheduling work to be done within the Museum and without in such areas as conservation, photography, public information, matting and framing, construction, lighting, etc.

Assists with the preparation and installation of wall labels.  Conducts daily inspection of the works on view in temporary exhibitions and assists with necessary follow-up arrangements.  Answers inquiries and conducts some gallery tours as necessary for visitors, etc.

Researches and catalog the Museum Collection and Archives under senior staff supervision and answers related inquiries from the public and scholars.

Assists in the operation of departmental study centers.

Works with curatorial interns as assigned.

Keeps informed of current activity in the area of departmental interests through gallery and museum visits, publications, etc. and conveys observations to the senior staff.

Performs any other duties reasonably related to the functions described above.


Master’s degree in art history strongly preferred with a particular expertise/exposure to art from the post-war period through to contemporary.  

Prior curatorial experience preferred.  

Superior research and writing skills and fluency in a foreign language preferred.

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and other standard office procedures and equipment.

Reports to:   Chief Curator

Application instructions:  To apply, please visit MoMA Jobs.  Please include a cover letter and list salary expectations. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. 

The Museum of Modern Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.