Assistant Curator, Medieval Art and The Cloisters

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

Date Posted February 1, 2017
Type Post-doc
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time


The Assistant Curator will either specialize in late medieval art (13th-16th century) or the arts of the Mediterranean world in the late antique through medieval periods. The ideal candidate is expected to be active as a scholar in his/her area of expertise, have a global perspective, interdisciplinary interests and a willingness to engage in diverse media. In addition, s/he will be encouraged to work broadly across the collection in support of departmental and museum activities and have a demonstrated interest in comparative research and projects. As part of the curatorial team responsible for collections and programs at the Metropolitan Museum and at The Cloisters, s/he and will be responsible for contributing to all curatorial duties, including: researching, studying, interpreting, and publishing works in the collection under her/his curatorial responsibility; contributing to permanent collection installations; recommending acquisitions; reviewing and recommending loan requests; proposing future exhibitions and publications; and building and maintaining positive relations with colleagues in the museum/academic world, collectors, and patrons



Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Gain familiarity with current curatorial practices and conservation methods and procedures with support from departmental and museum colleagues
  • Contribute to departmental assessment and acquisition initiatives, and collaborate closely with departmental colleagues on related aspects of collection development and stewardship
  • Contribute to planning, researching and staging exhibitions in cooperation with colleagues in the department and across the museum
  • Contribute to scholarly research on and interpretation of objects under his/her curatorial responsibility,
  • Contribute to departmental publications, including catalogue essays and entries, as well as other texts, printed and online
  • Establish and maintain excellent working relationships with donors, patrons, collectors, colleagues from other international institutions and the scholarly community, dealers and other individuals involved with the interests of the Museum
  • Assist with departmental fundraising as appropriate
  • Assist with departmental programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters, including the Visiting Committee and other donor or supporter events
  • Answer correspondence relating to collection in field of expertise; assist the public and visiting scholars with enquiries
  • Contribute to the Museum's public and educational programs (Learning, Volunteers, Digital Media, etc.)
  • Collaborate with colleagues inside the museum on museum-wide programs and projects, including committee service.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Requirements and Qualifications:

Experience and Skills:

  • The candidate must have a scholarly and professionally committed interest in medieval art and demonstrated interest in museum work in general
  • Minimum three years of museum experience is preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with museum colleagues, donors and general public
  • Demonstrated commitment to broad international engagement and learning
  • Familiarity with collection management systems like TMS is desirable.


Knowledge and Education:

  • PhD in Art History or its equivalent with a concentration in relevant field required
  • Recognized achievement for expertise and scholarship in the field required
  • Good working knowledge of appropriate languages required



Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to with “Assistant Curator, Medieval Art and The Cloisters” in the subject line.

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