20 Mar 2024


Research Fellow for Latin American Art

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Cisneros Institute Research Fellow for Latin American Art

The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America is accepting applications for a Research Fellow.

Reporting to the Director of the Cisneros Institute, the Fellow plays a vital role in the development of a range of programs and initiatives. The fellowship is a 12-month appointment with a start date of mid-May 2024.


Position Summary:

The Fellow supports research initiatives on Latin American art, with a focus on topics relevant to modern art, discourses and debates, as framed by the Cisneros Institute. The Fellow will conduct and document research with a focus on the relationship between modern art and spiritual beliefs in Latin America and the Caribbean between 1920 and 1970. Find here more information about this research topic. The Fellow helps coordinate the work of 14 Fellows that are contributing with essays and articles to the research on Art and Spirituality. The research undertaken by the Fellow will inform a series of seminars held onsite at MoMA and virtually, and conferences in Latin America and in New York, and an upcoming publication on the topic of Art and Spirituality.



  • Compiles bibliographies and synthesizes theoretical and critical texts that inform research focus.
  • Identifies artists, curators, and scholars relevant to research focus.
  • Prepares meetings in person and online in New York and in Latin America in accordance with the research focus; compiles relevant biographies, research materials, and meeting agendas; corresponds with invited guests; coordinates viewing of works; and maintains records of contacts and activities.
  • Conducts research and creates and organizes detailed itineraries for group travel, involving, coordinating, visits, dinners, and meetings, for MoMA staff who participate in the symposium in New York or Latin America.
  • Researches and keeps the Latin American research group, composed of MoMA staff who are interested in participating in seminars and activities organized around the research theme. Informs the group about relevant exhibitions and events related to the research focus.
  • Participates in the editorial process of the work that Fellows will publish at Post and Magazine, commissioning and overseeing the content development and editing of the material.
  • Participates in activities organized by  the Museum for the cohort of Fellows.
  • Assists in the organization of and participates in joint symposia organized with other research groups of the museum (C-MAP).
  • Performs any other duties reasonably related to the functions described above.



  • Master’s degree in art history, cultural studies, and/or a related field in the humanities (or the equivalent in countries outside the United States) with specialized knowledge of modern art in Latin America, or the equivalent level of experience. Phil candidates or PhD students preferred.
  • Independent curators or researchers with strong expertise in the area of focus will also be considered.
  • Experience working within an art institution context is preferred.
  • Demonstrated research capabilities.
  • Knowledge of basic administrative and organizational procedures and skills.
  • Editorial experience preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work within a process-oriented team.


Reports to: Director, Cisneros Institute

Salary: The salary for this position is $58,000 per annum


Application instructions:

To apply, please visit MoMA Jobs. Applicants should submit a resume and a statement of interest.
The application deadline is April 20, 2024.



Cisneros Institute:

Through its programs and publications, the Cisneros Institute aims to stimulate, support, and disseminate new research on modern and contemporary art of Latin America and its role as an integral part of global culture. It also seeks to promote the multiple perspectives of artists and scholars from Latin America by engaging in an international dialogue.

The Institute was established by The Museum of Modern Art in 2016. As part of MoMA, the Institute is committed to strengthening the Museum’s longstanding commitment with Latin America through rigorous and experimental research into MoMA’s Latin American holdings and meaningful collaborations with artists, art historians, critics, curators, and other cultural institutions.


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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