Full-Time Fellowship in Photography Conservation
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Photography Conservation
Summer/Fall 2021 – August 2022
The David Booth Conservation Department at The Museum of Modern Art is pleased to offer a full-time, two-year advanced Mellon fellowship, renewable for a third year, in the conservation of photographic materials, 2021 start date is negotiable. The fellowship provides an opportunity to acquire advanced-level training in photographs preservation, conservation, and restoration in a museum setting.
The photography conservation fellow will work closely with the conservation staff, including the Museum scientists and all curatorial departments: Photography, Drawings and Prints, Architecture and Design, Painting and Sculpture, Media and Performance, and Film, and with Archives, Library, and Research Collections.
• Research on conservation treatment techniques, optimal preservation environments, artistic practice, and characterization of photographic materials is integral to the department, and participation in these activities will be fostered. Additional professional development activities are supported and encouraged.
• Writes condition reports and installation instructions, when needed, for works of art. Recommends and executes treatment of works of art and their optimal storage and exhibition conditions in consultation with conservators, scientists, and curators. Keeps full photographic and written documentation of original condition and all stages of treatment of works of art.
• Assists in advising curators, registrars, and exhibitions staff on conservation requirements to ensure protection of works of art during exhibition, packing, and shipping. Assists in advising curators on the condition of works of art as related to exhibition, loans, and acquisition.
• Examines and interprets the physical structure of works of art and liaises with scientists on the interpretation of scientific data.
• Assists in supervising seasonal interns as requested.
• Investigates, evaluates, and tests new materials used by contemporary artists. Researches, develops, and tests materials and techniques for conservation use. Keeps abreast of new technical and material developments in the art-historical and conservation fields through attendance at meetings and readings of conservation, technical, and art-historical literature.
• Adheres to the AIC Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
• Performs any other duties reasonably related to the functions described above.
• Masters of art degree or advanced certificate from a recognized fine arts conservation program, with a demonstrated concentration in conservation of photographic materials.
• Preference will be given to those candidates who can demonstrate teamwork and communication skills, the ability to manage time in a multitasking environment, and a systematic and methodological approach to research.
Reports to: Conservator of Photographs and The Agnes Gund Chief Conservation
Salary is $49,000 per annum plus generous benefits, including medical and dental coverage and four weeks paid vacation per annum, with an additional $3,775 stipend for research and travel.
How to Apply
Applicants should submit a statement of interest, a writing sample, a current CV with a list of three references, and an electronic portfolio containing two treatments by no later than, January 29, 2021.
Resumes will be reviewed as they are received.
Applicants must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States for the duration of the program.
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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.
Job Categories: Museum and Gallery. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts, exhibition, MOMA, museum, and photography. States: New York.
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