|Major Job Responsibilities
1. Perform research on the museum’s collection of arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
2. Work closely with the executive director to develop an exciting vision and strategy for the development of an ambitious research, exhibition, and publication program for the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Eskenazi Museum of Art and at Indiana University.
3. Work collaboratively with the education department to develop and implement compelling public programs in the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
4. Play a critical role in launching the museum’s new Center for Curatorial Studies, collaborating with IU faculty members and the museum’s educational and curatorial staff to develop courses that support degree offerings in the field.
5. Develop significant exhibitions for 2021–22 and beyond.
6. Work with curatorial colleagues to develop and implement a plan to grow the museum’s permanent collection in the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, with a special focus in the field of contemporary art, which will be defined as art created after 1985, in consultation with the curator of contemporary art and the executive director.
7. Act as ambassador and liaison to academic departments and to the broader IU and Bloomington communities.
8. Inspire support for the museum by working closely with the executive director and the museum’s development department to identify and cultivate relationships with patrons and collectors.
Skills and Knowledge
• Strong record of research, scholarship, and public speaking, with proven experience organizing loan exhibitions and producing publications of the highest quality.
• Understanding of curatorial practices and methodology.
• Knowledge and understanding of museum ethics and principles, especially with regard to issues of provenance.
• Must be articulate, with excellent presentation and writing skills, and effective communication, organizational, and time-management skills.
• Ability to work as a member of a team-based environment with strong collaborative skills.
• Willingness to build positive and effective relationships with museum colleagues, donors, and the broader IU and Bloomington communities.
• Demonstrated skill at strategically building a collection through gifts and purchases.
• Possess a broad and deep knowledge of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas and their relationship with broader art history, and demonstrate a keen eye for art of quality and significance across all media.