Denver Art Museum

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DENVER ART MUSEUM

ASSOCIATE CURATOR OF LATIN AMERICAN ART

 Denver, CO

Application Deadline: July 29, 2019 (end of day)


Opportunity for a dynamic, ambitious Associate Curator
of Latin American art at a major AAMD art museum in the West
 

OVERVIEW OF POSITION 

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) seeks an energetic and goal-oriented Associate Curator of Latin American art, well-versed in modern and contemporary Latin American art and with experience with both exhibitions and acquisitions, to manage and develop DAM’s growing collection.  Candidates must have at least 3 years of curatorial experience and should be abreast of trends in modern and contemporary Latin American art, acquainted with peers, artists and scholars in the field, and ready to serve as DAM’s in-house subject expert.  They should be imaginative and purposeful in organizing exhibitions and installations of Latin American art using the permanent collection, loaned objects and new commissions, and eager to build awareness of the collection for diverse audiences including scholars, the general and Latinx public, and donors.  Candidates must thrive within DAM’s team-based culture and its ambitious commitment to visitor engagement.  They will work with the Department Head to strengthen the collection and to build and manage a well-rounded program of exhibitions, programs, research and collections care.  This position offers a rare opportunity to create a collection of Latin American art at an important US museum in a new gallery space dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art.  There is strong infrastructure in place to support a person with vision. The successful candidate will be a creative doer, able to execute the vision.  This position will involve lots of public interfaces, especially with donors, but also with collectors, artists and audiences.   

The Associate Curator will be a networker, enthusiastic to engage diverse constituencies, and able administratively to take charge of tasks related to the care and growth of the collection.  They will be responsible for the acquisition, study, care, display, interpretation, record keeping and publication of the museum’s modern and contemporary Latin American art collection in coordination with the Department Head.  The position resides in the Curatorial Department and reports to the Curator of Spanish Colonial art.

 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities 

  • Develop the vision and strategy for the modern and contemporary Latin American art collection, including exploring opportunities to contextualize and grow the strengths of the collection.

  • Organize exhibitions and installations of Latin American art using the permanent collection, loaned objects, and new commissions.

  • Work with colleagues in the field and at the DAM to develop exhibition tours; solicit, evaluate, and secure externally generated exhibitions and loans; develop co-produced exhibition projects; and develop an overarching exhibition program.

  • Collaborate internally with the Museum Administration, Learning and Engagement, and Communications to provide information and interpretive strategies to appropriate audiences and to establish modern and contemporary Latin American art and cultural programming.

  • Lead efforts to grow the collection of Latin American modern and contemporary art through gifts of art in coordination with the Development Department and Museum Administration.

  • Perform administrative duties related to the position, including developing collection work plans and budgets, maintaining records, and internal and external reporting.

  • Build and cultivate networks and help secure patronage for the collection.  Participate in Latino Audience Alliance Advisory Committee meetings.  Participate in programs and events with the local Latino creative and business community.

  • Enhance the Frederick & Jan Mayer Center at the DAM as a dynamic research center in the field to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of Latin American visual arts.

  • Conduct and oversee original research drawn from DAM’s collection and resources, and publish in collection catalogues, exhibition catalogues and brochures, peer-reviewed scholarly journals, and present at conferences and at interpretive programs for visitors.

  • Supervise interns, collection volunteers, support staff, and contract workers as necessary.

  • Be active in the field and represent the collection:  prepare and give lectures, tours, and workshops to the public, docents, educators and students, professional colleagues, donors, and other groups. Maintain professional affiliations in scholarly organizations, professional societies, and relevant committees.  As requested, sit on invitational panels and committees at educational events and for public art selection.

  • As an institutional member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), and the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the DAM is committed to following the AAMD Report on the Acquisition of Archaeological Materials and Ancient Art and the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. All curators are required to abide by the above guidelines and are expected to comply with and conduct appropriate provenance research on all objects in their collections.

     

Institutional Responsibilities 

The Associate Curator of Latin American Art is an essential member of the DAM team, enhancing the museum’s relationship with the public through the institution’s core values of excellence, engagement, commitment to the community, and global vision. The Associate Curator will:

  • Contribute to both policy-making and operational aspects of the Museum, participating in a variety of projects and committees. 

  • Participate in the institutional planning and budgeting process as requested. 

  • Serve as a representative of the Museum at public events, institutional functions, and private social occasions.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned or requested.

 

Job Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Three or more years’ experience as a curator, or equivalent professional experience.

  • In-depth knowledge of Latin American art, especially modern and contemporary.

  • Knowledge of the art market and art conservation preferred.

  • Excellent working relationships with colleagues in the field, including critics and scholars.

  • A record of exhibitions and gallery installations, public presentations, and active participation in the national or international art community.

  • Excellent directed and independent research skills and a demonstrated ability to write for general and scholarly audiences as demonstrated through publications and/or written materials.

  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish; knowledge of Portuguese desirable.

  • M.A. or M.F.A. in Art History required; Ph.D. an asset.

  • Experience in successful fundraising and securing gifts of works of art.

·        A willingness to travel to other national and international museums, galleries, collections, conferences, panels; to be present at outdoor installations regardless of weather; to entertain potential donors in a variety of settings.  Can work some evenings and holidays. 

Personal characteristics 

  • A dynamic and collegial personality, enthusiastic to work with colleagues, scholars, students, docents, volunteers, and general audiences.

  • Comfortable fostering relationships and participating in social interactions with donors and collectors.

  • Resourceful and industrious, eager to build multi-faceted engagement opportunities for DAM’s modern and contemporary Latin American art collection.

International Candidates will be considered.  Fluency in English is essential. 

Nominations welcome. 

Inquiries and nominations are welcome at SearchandRef@museum-search.com.

HOW TO APPLY

Apply in confidence:

Email cover letter, résumé or CV (Word documents preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by July 29, 2019 (end of day) to retained search firm: Connie Rosemont, Museum Search & Reference, SearchandRef@museum-search.com.  References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.  Screening of applications will continue until the completion of the search process.  Position open until filled.   

DAM policy is to prohibit discrimination against any person based on age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, political service, affiliation, or disability.

 

About the DAM’s Encyclopedic Collections   

Since its founding in 1893, the DAM has amassed more than 78,000 works of art, one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of world art between Chicago and the West Coast.  Internationally known for its holdings of American Indian art, the Museum has also assembled an extensive group of pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art objects now considered one of the finest collections anywhere.  Other areas of concentration are European and American painting and sculpture, architecture, design and graphics, modern and contemporary, Asian, African, Oceanic, western American and textile art. 

New World Department

The Denver Art Museum established its New World Department in 1968, allowing it to bring together objects from its Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial collections.  Today the combined collection of the New World Department covers a time span from about 1200 BC to the present. It is the best collection of its type in the United States and, in many areas, it is the most comprehensive collection outside of country of origin. These two collections are remarkable for both aesthetic quality and cultural significance.  Internationally, the DAM is unparalleled in its comprehensive representation of the major stylistic movements from all the geographic areas and cultures of Latin America. 

In 1993, the New World Department collections were reorganized and reinstalled in 22,000 square feet of gallery space in the North Building.  At the time, this made Denver the only major museum in the country to have permanent galleries dedicated to both Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art.  More than five thousand objects from these collections were displayed in the Jan and Frederick Mayer Galleries of Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art, including paintings, sculpture, furniture, silver and decorative arts from the Spanish Colonial period, and pre-Columbian masterworks in ceramic, stone, gold, and jade.   

The growth of the New World collections and programs received a major boost with the enlightened endowment gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer in 2003.  This gift made it possible to establish separate curatorial positions in Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art.  As a result, the Denver Art Museum has the only curator dedicated exclusively to Spanish Colonial art in the United States, Jorge Rivas Pérez.   

In late 2017, the Denver Art Museum began its North Building renovation project, which required closing all galleries in the North building, including both the Spanish Colonial art and pre-Columbian galleries.  The building will re-open in 2021. During the renovation project, both collections can be explored online. Browse artworks from the Spanish Colonial art collection or browse artworks from the pre-Columbian art collection.  Check back often for additions and updates. 

Spanish Colonial Art
Notable for its cultural and temporal range and artistic quality, the Spanish Colonial collection of the Denver Art Museum is the most comprehensive collection in the United States and one of the best in the world.  Spanning three and a half centuries (c. 1492-1850), the collection of over 3,000 objects represents the diverse cultures and geographic areas of Latin America including Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Argentine, Chile, and the southwestern United States.  For more information on the pre-Columbian collection see https://denverartmuseum.org/collections/spanish-colonial-art

Pre-Columbian Art

The DAM is fortunate to count among its greatest resources a pre-Columbian collection rich in art from all over Latin America.  The Museum's pre-Columbian collection represents nearly every major culture in Mesoamerica, Central America, and South America. Included are masterworks in ceramic, stone, gold, jade, and textiles. Many hundreds of objects from South, Central and Mesoamerica entered the collection in the 1970s and 1980s. The most important patrons by far were Frederick and Jan Mayer, who helped fund acquisitions from many different cultures for the department, while also building a comprehensive personal collection of Costa Rican antiquities that came to number about 2,000 objects.  In the 1990s the Mayers donated the bulk of their Costa Rican collection to the DAM, roughly doubling the size of the pre-Columbian collection.   For more information on the pre-Columbian collection see

http://denverartmuseum.org/collections/pre-columbian-art 

Frederick and Jan Mayer Center for Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Art

Also established with a gift from the Mayers, the Center’s mission is to increase awareness and promote scholarship in these fields by sponsoring scholarly activities including annual symposia, fellowships, study trips, and publications (http://mayercenter.denverartmuseum.org/mission.htm). 

About Denver

Denver offers major-city sophistication in a location inspiring for natural beauty.  A hub for those seeking the Rocky Mountain ski slopes, Denver is also home to major museums, four major sports teams, and a wide variety of neighborhoods. In 2016, Denver was named the best place to live in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.  

The Denver Metropolitan Statistical Area is 2.9 million people, the 19th largest in the US.  The Mile High City is now larger than Washington, Boston, or Atlanta.  Despite its size, Denver is a livable, friendly city where many DAM staff walk or bike to work. Its temperate climate boasts 300 days of sunshine per year.  

Arts, culture and creativity are fully integrated into daily life, work and play in Denver. The city is known for its public art, downtown theatre district, indie music scene, art districts, creative sector businesses and microbreweries and distilleries, to name a few features that make Denver special. The city hosts a vital contemporary art scene enlivened by a rich variety of cultural organizations, galleries, and collectors.  The city has 5 distinct arts districts for galleries and artists’ studios, featuring over 50 art galleries, many studio buildings, and boutiques with local crafts and artisanal products, from jewelry to wine.  See: http://www.denver.org/things-to-do/denver-arts-culture/ for more information about the arts districts.  

In addition to the Museum of Contemporary Art and Clyfford Still Museum, Denver’s many other museums include the Colorado Historical Society (now History Colorado), Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art (of 1875 – 1990), Children’s Museum of Denver, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, Denver Zoo, and Denver Botanic Gardens.  Enjoy symphony, ballet, opera and Broadway shows at cultural organizations including The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and Denver Center Theatre Company. Architectural monuments include the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Denver Public Library, and Colorado State Capitol.  Enjoy Colorado Rockies baseball at Coors Field or a football game at Mile High Sports Authority Stadium, home of the Broncos, or a game with the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche hockey team. 

Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, hiking, or biking at nearby resorts such as Loveland (only 50 minutes away), Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, and Copper Mountain, or travel to Aspen or Vail.  Draw inspiration from the area’s unrivaled natural beauty at Mt. Evans, Denver Mountain Parks, or Rocky Mountain National Park near Boulder. Visit: http://www.denver.org/ for more information. 

 About Colorado

Colorado’s relaxed, high-quality lifestyle is attracting cosmopolitan, creative people who seek work/life balance, farm-to-table food, a green mentality, and incomparable outdoor beauty.  Visit: http://www.colorado.com/ to learn more about all the state has to offer.