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JOB TITLE: Curatorial Assistant
STATUS: Full-time, non-exempt
REPORTS TO: Director of Curatorial Affairs
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation fosters the legacy of Rauschenberg’s life and work. The Foundation supports artists, initiatives, and institutions that embody the same innovative, inclusive, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors.
The Foundation focuses on three major areas: 1) increasing public access to and scholarship of Rauschenberg’s artwork through exhibitions, the artist’s archives, and academic collaborations; 2) cultivating emerging and established artists through a residency program at a 20-acre campus in Captiva, Florida, formerly the artist's home and studio; and 3) supporting philanthropic initiatives that connect art, culture, and creativity.
POSITION SUMMARY(Short summary of the essential purpose of the job)
Reporting to the Director of Curatorial Affairs, the Curatorial Assistant is responsible for providing research assistance for upcoming exhibitions and auctions and in anticipation of a Rauschenberg catalogue raisonné project; fact checking outgoing documents for publication; administrative work in the context of all curatorial and art team functions, including maintaining departmental schedules and assisting in maintaining the artwork database and object files; managing content for the “art” portion of the foundation website and generating social media posts.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assist with a range of curatorial projects, including collection, exhibition, and bibliography research.
- Research and write didactic texts for artworks to be exhibited or that are entering the market.
- Generate reports from the artwork database (Filemaker Pro) upon request.
- Coordinate RRF website updates with the curatorial team, initiating meetings when necessary with relevant staff.
- Manage calendar for workflow deadlines, internal meetings, and external appointments.
- Coordinate meetings such as weekly Art and Archives meeting. Distribute agendas and relevant materials. Take notes at meetings and distribute action items.
- Prepare weekly reports on Rauschenberg in the press.
- Prepare documentation packets and power points for institutional meetings.
- Assist in managing academic collaborations with graduate art history and art conservation programs.
- Contribute to preliminary research and preparation for a forthcoming catalogue raisonné project; conduct artwork examinations in collaboration with staff.
- Assist with preparing department budgets and tracking expenses.
- With Assistant Curator, manage projects allocated to Curatorial Interns.
- Answer inquiries and conduct tours as necessary to visitors to the foundation.
- Perform any other duties reasonably related to the functions described above.
QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE SKILL REQUIRED(Minimum education and experience needed to perform the job adequately)
- Master’s degree in art history strongly preferred, with a particular expertise in post-war 20thcentury American art.
- At least eighteen months prior experience relevant to the position; prior curatorial experience is a plus.
- Excellent written and oral communication, research, and organizational skills.
- Excellent time management skills. Ability to work independently, meet deadlines and coordinate multiple projects at once.
- Fastidious attention to detail.
- Highly motivated, with a strong enthusiasm for working with a curatorial team.
- Familiarity and ease with Mac-based computer systems; strong facility with the Microsoft office suite. Experience with FileMaker Pro databases a plus.
- Proficiency with image scanning and editing; experience with Photoshop.
- Knowledge of a foreign language preferred.
- Reports to Director of Curatorial of Affairs. Works closely with other members of the art team and of the foundation staff.
ADA SPECIFICATIONS(Physical demands that must be met in order to successfully complete the essential functions of the jobList items such as unusual work schedule, occupational risk, travel required, physical effort, environment and demands that must be met in order to perform the essential functions of the job.)
- While largely sedentary, this position requires the ability to sit, stand, lift up to 50 lbs, as well as speak, and hear, sometimes for extended periods of time.
- Requires the ability to use a computer and office equipment traditionally found in office.
Applicants should send a brief cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than April 12th. Please include "Curatorial Assistant" in the subject line.