Art Institute of Chicago, Asian Art
Pritzker Chair of Asian Art and Curator of Chinese Art
|Location:||Illinois, United States|
|Position:||Administrator, Curator, Department Chair|
THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO seeks applications for an experienced curator and administrator in the field of Chinese Art to serve as the Pritzker Chair of the Department of Asian Art as well as the Chinese art curator. The Chair provides strong leadership and a forward vision in the growth, research, management, presentation and interpretation of the collection, as well as develops a distinguished exhibition, research and publication program in Asian Art. He or she plays a vital role in the institution’s strategic goal of enhancing the museum’s visibility and reputation in Asia. The Pritzker Chair of Asian Art reports to the President and Director of the museum. He or she mentors and works with a team of 4 curators, the collection manager, departmental specialist, departmental technician and the secretary and assistant to the Chair.
THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO’S distinguished Asian art collection comprises works spanning nearly five millennia from China, Korea, Japan, India, south Asia, and the Near and Middle East. It includes 35,000 objects, many of great archaeological and artistic significance, including Chinese bronzes, ceramics, and archaic jades; Chinese and Japanese textiles; Japanese screens and paintings; Indian and Persian miniature paintings; and Indian and Southeast Asian sculpture. The collection of Japanese woodblock prints is one of the finest in the world.
THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL BE:
- A deft and innovative curator who brings energy and vision to the revitalization of a critically important department within the museum.
- A recognized and respected contributor to the field with an exceptional track record in both scholarship and major exhibitions.
- A nimble, creative and productive collaborator and leader.
- Oversees the Asian Art department and effectively works to enhance the holdings, visibility, and international reputation for the department, its curators, and its collections.
- Conceptualizes and proposes compelling and pioneering major exhibitions.
- Initiates and plans the organization, installation, and related publications for major exhibitions of Asian art as well as permanent collection gallery installations.
- Promotes curatorial excellence in the department through comprehensive research on and assessment of the collection, resulting in significant and original art historical publications and exhibitions.
- Develops a strategic plan for the focused growth of the department’s collection. Recommends and prioritizes important acquisitions, as well as identifies objects for deaccession that do not meet the standards of the collection.
- Works with the Development Office and in consultation with the Director to fund acquisitions, exhibitions, publications, and departmental projects through strategic donor cultivation, grant proposals, and the enlightened stewardship of trustees, collectors and support groups.
- Collaborates with other museum departments to create content and programming that enhances the visitor’s experience of the museum, as well as the public’s interest in and understanding of Asian art.
- Works with the Deputy Director for Art and Research to develop a robust Asian Art component in the curriculum of the Mellon-funded Chicago Objects Study Initiative (COSI) and in the training of students in the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship program. Participates in the teaching and mentoring of students and fellows.
- Supervises and mentors staff, assigns responsibilities and projects, and evaluates performance.
- Oversees departmental budget, manages and prioritizes use of staff and financial resources.
- Coordinates efforts of multiple museum departments to ensure the accessibility, stability, and safety of the collection and temporary loans.
- Promotes the visibility of the department through lectures, conferences, and participation in professional organizations.
- Ph.D. in Art History (or comparable experience with history of scholarly publications) with a specialization in Chinese art and a broad understanding of Asian and Islamic art.
- Minimum of 8-10 years of museum (or related) experience.
- Demonstrated administrative, managerial, and people skills; experience with budget development and management.
- Extensive experience proposing and mounting major exhibitions that captivate and educate the public.
- Superb research skills and a strong record of scholarly publications in the field of Chinese art.
- Well-versed in the intellectual discourse and history of the art of Asia, especially China, and active participant in appropriate professional organizations (e.g. CAA, AAMC).
- Active familiarity with the international art market and track record of notable acquisitions.
- Strong connections to colleagues in Chinese museums and cultural bureaus, as well as institutions with focused collections in Asian art.
- Effective and enthusiastic steward able to work productively with Development in the cultivation of donors and museum supporters.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to create written content and deliver oral presentations that are scholarly yet accessible and expand the ways the public experiences art.
- Experience handling art objects, collaborating with conservators and conservation scientists, and an in-depth knowledge of materials and techniques.
- A team player, demonstrating a natural ability to contribute to a cooperative departmental culture.
- Written and oral proficiency in Mandarin. Knowledge of additional languages preferred.
Please submit letter of interest and curriculum vitae.
About the Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the largest and most prestigious fine art institutions in the world. It incorporates the museum, which is visited by millions of people every year who enjoy our distinguished collections, and The School of The Art Institute, which ranks as one of the top independent colleges in the United States and abroad in art and design. The Art Institute’s outstanding reputation is based not only on its collections, facilities, and academic programs, but also on its team of dedicated professionals. The Art Institute offers a variety of occupations for various skill levels, which in turn contributes to the diverse activities of the organization. As a result, The Art Institute prides itself on effective, efficient, and productive operations.
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The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.
|Primary Category:||Asian History / Studies
|Secondary Categories:||Art and Art History
Islamic History / Studies
Chinese History / Studies