7 Mar 2024


Curatorial Assistant for the Chief Curator

The Museum of Modern Art  →   New York, NY


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Job Description

Curatorial Assistant for the Chief Curator at Large

The Museum of Modern Art is currently accepting applications for a Curatorial Assistant to assist the Chief Curator at Large (CCAL) and Publisher, in their capacity as CCAL, in all areas of relevant related responsibilities in the context of curatorial functions such as research, planning, administration, and logistics for exhibitions and publications, artist’s commissions and projects, talks and programs, performances, acquisitions and collection displays, and general curatorial inquiries.

The Curatorial Assistant will have an opportunity to work on upcoming major retrospective exhibitions; commissioned projects by contemporary artists; collection displays; acquisitions research; digital art initiatives; and other projects and exhibitions.


Additional responsibilities include: 

  • Assists Chief Curator at Large and Publisher with all aspects of research, planning, organization, scheduling, and realization of upcoming exhibitions, artist’s projects, and collection gallery displays.
  • Performs exhibition support functions, including coordination of artwork research and viewings, travel, loan correspondence, bibliographic and checklist research, publication research and production, content development, and public program planning.
  • Writes, edits, and assists in the production of Museum publications and other exhibition-related materials, including wall texts and extended object labels. Secures image rights and reproductions, and conducts archival research.
  • Assists in arrangements for custodial, registration, conservation, installation, framing, and preparation work as required for exhibition and collection projects.
  • Functions as a liaison with outside persons and organizations, and with other departments within the Museum.
  • May assist in research and preparation for potential acquisitions for the collection, including biographical and bibliographical research, maintaining files, and communicating with dealers, galleries, collectors, and artists, as necessary.
  • Keeps informed of current activity in the area of curatorial interest through gallery and museum visits, publications, etc. and makes recommendations to senior staff.
  • Conducts daily collection gallery inspections and daily inspection of works on view in temporary exhibitions and assists with follow-up arrangements in the event of damage, deterioration, etc.
  • Answers inquiries and conducts gallery tours as necessary for visitors, etc.
  • Performs any other duties reasonably related to the functions described above.



  • Master’s degree in art history preferred, relevant work experience at museums, and competence within area of departmental interest.
  • Knowledge of global postwar and contemporary art, 1945-present.
  • Proficiency in French, German, and/or Asian languages preferred.
  • The project subject matter for this position will vary throughout the term, but interests in postwar abstraction; civil rights movements in the US; and/or art and new media will be a plus for the initial projects.
  • Superior research and writing skills essential.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and working knowledge of MS Office, Google Drive, Adobe Creative Cloud, and other office procedures and skills. Familiarity with The Museum System (TMS) is strongly preferred.


Reports to:  Chief Curator at Large and Publisher

Salary:  The salary for this position is $66,549 per annum.


Application instructions

To apply, please visit MoMA Jobs.
Applicants should submit a resume and a statement of interest.  Applications without cover letters will not be considered.



Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement:
Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at the Museum, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, marital and civil partnership/union status, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, unemployment status, familial status, domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking victim status, caregiver status, arrest or conviction record to the extent required by applicable law, credit history, or any other protected category as established by applicable law, including the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”).

 This is a unionized position at MoMA with covered employees represented by Local 2110, UAW, AFL-CIO.


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Curatorial Assistant for the Chief Curator
The Museum of Modern Art
 New York, NY

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