19 Feb 2024


Assistant / Associate Curator

The Metropolitan Museum of Art  →   New York, NY


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Job Description

Assistant/Associate Curator of Chinese Painting & Calligraphy



You have demonstrated abilities as a scholar and connoisseur in both Chinese painting and calligraphy. You will work in close collaboration with other curators in the Department to care for, research, display, and publish works in the Chinese art section of the Department of Asian Art with special focus on works from the permanent collection that range from rubbings of early script types and manuscripts from the Han through the Song dynasty to paintings and calligraphies spanning from the Tang dynasty to the present. Your responsibilities will include: planning and execution of thematic installations and programs focused on the Museum’s extensive collection; working collaboratively with other members of the curatorial staff to facilitate complementary displays of relevant objects alongside paintings and calligraphies; making acquisitions of outstanding artworks through purchase or gift.



  • Organize regular rotations in the Chinese painting galleries in collaboration with curatorial colleagues
  • Consult with the Museum’s East Asian conservation specialists as well as conservators in other relevant areas on the care of the collection and documentation of the condition of works
  • Assist in reviewing and updating object records in the database (TMS)
  • Research, catalogue, and publish the collection of Chinese art both in print and in our database for use in publications and on the Museum’s website
  • Help to grow and refine the collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy, including recommendations for acquisitions by working with dealers and collectors
  • Propose and organize special exhibitions and accompanying publications in collaboration with curatorial colleagues
  • Review outgoing loans requests and advise the Department Chair and Registrar’s Office
  • Contribute to the teaching mission of the Museum through public lectures and tours, docent training, and mentorship of interns and fellows
  • Cultivate and steward donors and collectors for acquisitions and fundraising
  • Contribute ideas to and participate in the Friends of Asian Art donor group and the Visiting Committee (advisory board) events
  • Answer correspondence relating to the collection and assist the public and visiting scholars
  • Foster and maintain meaningful working relationships with colleagues from other institutions in the U.S. and abroad including scholars, dealers, collectors, and other individuals involved with the interests of the Museum, while preserving personal and institutional independence
  • Lead with communication, whether written or spoken, that accommodates a variety of audiences depending on situation and need
  • Work independently and in collaboration/coordination with administration, collections, conservation, curatorial, advancement, education, publication, digital, and other Met staff
  • Attend Museum events and make collection visits out of hours as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Demonstrated scholarly achievement reflecting a deep understanding of relevant artworks through new research, publications, and engaging scholarly lectures and public presentations to a range of audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, an ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, and proven follow-through
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and Chinese
  • Ability to conduct research in primary sources in modern and classical Chinese
  • Ph.D degree or Ph.D. coursework in East Asian Art History (preferred)
  • 5 to 8 years of experience in the curatorial or academic field with a focus on Chinese painting and calligraphy (preferred)
  • Working knowledge of Japanese (preferred)
  • Experience cultivating donors and collectors and the capacity to serve as an effective advocate for the Museum
  • Demonstrated competence in The Met’s core capabilities: (a) quality of work, (b) collaboration, (c) communication, and (d) adaptability to change.
  • International applicants with degrees from institutions outside the U.S. are welcome



  • Assistant Curator Pay Range: $75,000.00 – $90,000.00
  • Associate Curator Pay Range: $90,000.00 – $110,000.00
  • The advertised pay scale reflects the good faith minimum and maximum salary range for this role. The advertised pay scale is not a promise of a particular wage for any specific employee. The specific compensation offered to a candidate may be dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, education, special licensing or qualifications, and other factors.


Location Requirements

At time of employment, employees are expected to be located within commuting distance of the Museum. “Commuting distance” means that they are located in one of following states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania (the “Tri-state and PA” areas), and be able to commute to and from the Museum in a single day.


Benefits Offerings

The Museum provides competitive compensation, and generous benefits and perks for all eligible employees. Note: Benefits Offering may differ based on Employee Status.

  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • 403(b) basic retirement plan and optional matching retirement plan with an outstanding employer match
  • Considerable paid time off, including annual leave, sick leave, and 13 Museum holidays
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible Spending Accounts & Health Savings Account (pre-tax income for eligible health care expenses)
  • Commuter benefits (pre-tax income for parking or mass transit expenses)
  • Free financial-planning services
  • Financial assistance for relevant coursework, seminars, and training programs
  • 25% discount for staff in Museum shops
  • A subsidized staff cafeteria
  • Access to the Museums Council pass, which grants free admission to various museums and cultural institutions


How to Apply

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Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this job description describes you, then please apply for this role.

The Met is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, The Met will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed in this process, please contact benefits@metmuseum.org.

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