The Curator-at-Large will bring bold, imaginative thinking to The Phillips Collection, encompassing different global perspectives and engaging with a multiplicity of narratives that transcend Western European modernism. The curator’s work will position the museum vis-à-vis current regional and global contexts, by proposing new acquisitions, and initiating exhibitions and programs with particular emphasis on African American art, the arts of Africa, the African-Diaspora, the Americas and/or Asia. In addition, the Curator at Large will provide thought leadership and an energizing vision for curatorial programs and initiatives that enhance the Philips’s value principles of equity, empathy, and resilience, exploring the interface of artistic practice and social justice, art and wellness, and artistic reckoning with the urgency of climate destruction.
- As a member of the museum’s senior leadership team, the curator will work collaboratively with the museum director, the chief curator and deputy director for academic affairs, the director of learning and education strategy, the director of community engagement, and the Chief Diversity Officer
- Guided by the two key components of the job position the curator-a-t-large will introduce exhibitions, related programs and initiatives, thereby impacting the intellectual and artistic fabric of the institution.
- Work with the director, chief curator, and curatorial department, in identifying possible acquisitions for the collection.
- Work with the director of community engagement on strategies to engage the broader DC community with the museum’s collection and exhibitions
- Work with the Cross-Departmental Director for Contemporary Art Innovation & Partnerships to shape inclusive relationships in the local artist communities, but also introducing leading innovative voices from diverse and global perspectives.
- Direct the Phillips annual Artists of Conscience Forum as a platform to explore the intersection of artistic practice and urgent societal issues, working in collaboration cross departmentally.
- Participate in selecting and shaping Conversations with Artists, Creative Voices, Book Prize and Postdoctoral Fellowships, as well as shaping new programs and finding new partnerships.
- In collaboration with the Chief Diversity Officer, explore the opportunities for learning and growth around issues of social justice within the Phillips community.
- Produce original research (catalogues, essays, articles, blogs, podcasts), and participate in conferences and workshops related to art, humanities, and intersectional scholarship.
- Perform additional management and administrative tasks as needed.
- MA, PhD degree in Art History or Humanities or other related training area
- 5 years plus of curatorial practice, preferably in a museum or other cultural institution.
- Knowledge of modern and contemporary art and art practices, with an emphasis global modernism and the history of African American art, the arts of Africa, the African-Diaspora, the Americas and/or Asia.
- Enthusiasm for new forms of engagement in curatorial practice
- Ability to adopt nimbly through complex situation; to listen and consult colleagues and build team spirit; to recognize and reward the contribution of others; and to communicate openly, decisively and proactively
- Excellent writing, research, speaking, and interpersonal communication skills
- Excellent organizational and time management skills
The Phillips Collection is an equal opportunity employer and administers all employment decisions and personnel actions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic disposition or carrier status, marital status, veteran status, personal appearance, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.