16 Jan 2023


Assistant / Associate Curator

The Metropolitan Museum of Art  New York, New York, United States

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Job Description


The Department of European Paintings seeks an ambitious, creative, forward-looking art historian specializing in Northern Renaissance paintings with a demonstrated interest in Italian painting, as well. In this role, the Assistant/Associate curator will be responsible for the research, display, study, growth, and care of this area of the European Paintings collection. The ideal candidate will be passionately interested in paintings and in shaping the department’s future for the next generation and in keeping to the Museum’s mission of public engagement and outreach by creating exhibitions, and studying and growing this area of the collection.


  • Commitment to scholarship in fields of specialization and to communicating the results of that scholarship to a broad public as well as specialist communities
  • Curate gallery installations with the attendant tasks of research, label writing, and participating in related digital platforms
  • Research, generate and produce scholarly publications on works in the collection under his/her/their curatorial responsibility, contribute to online entries
  • Organize path breaking exhibitions that help to redefine an artist, period, or work of art
  • Participate in the Museum’s public education and outreach programs
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with donors, trustees, and colleagues from other institutions in the U.S. and abroad as well as with the scholarly community, dealers and collectors.
  • Actively cultivate potential sponsors and supporters, including departmental membership groups
  • Research, propose, and present works for acquisition
  • Respond to correspondence relating to the collection and assist the public and visiting scholars; work with scholars throughout the field to expand the collection’s narratives
  • Collaborate with colleagues throughout the Museum and the broader field of art history on related projects and programs
  • Maintain commitment to the field of art history by participating in conferences, scholarly publications, and other forums
  • Other related duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in art history and a specialization in Northern-European 15th-century paintings, with demonstrated knowledge of Southern European 15th-century painting
  • Reading knowledge of French or German, and competency in the European languages central to the candidate’s discipline
  • Three to six years curatorial or academic experience in specialized field
  • Demonstrated scholarly achievement through publications and exhibitions
  • Strong presentation and advocacy skills when working with donors, the public, and museum staff

Compensation Range:

Assistant Curator Pay Range: $72,000 – $80,000

Associate Curator Pay Range: $84,000 – $95,000

Applications due by 2/9/2023


How to Apply

Click here to apply online




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

About the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.

Since its founding in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. We are committed to fostering a collaborative and respectful work environment with a staff as diverse as the audiences we engage. Our staff members are art lovers who are passionate about working toward a common goal: creating the most dynamic and inspiring art museum in the world.

At The Met, every staff member – from security officers to researchers to scientists and beyond – lives by our core values of respect, inclusivity, collaboration, excellence, and integrity.

  • Respect: Engage one another with collegiality, empathy, and kindness, always.
  • Inclusivity: Ensure that all are and feel welcome and valued.
  • Collaboration: Reach across boundaries to exchange ideas and work together toward our shared mission.
  • Excellence: Lead the cultural world in quality and expertise—and inspire curiosity and creativity.
  • Integrity: Hold ourselves to the highest moral standards, admit when we fall short, and then evolve.



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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Assistant / Associate Curator
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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