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Curatorial Assistant, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation


JOB TITLE: Curatorial Assistant
REPORTS TO: Assistant Curator
DEPARTMENT: Curatorial    
LOCATION: New York City

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (“Foundation”) expands the legacy of artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) who believed strongly in the power of art as a catalyst for social change. The Foundation delivers on its mission through ongoing research and support for exhibitions, while sustaining the well-being of innovative artists and the work of socially engaged institutions that embody the same risk-taking, inclusive, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors. 

The Foundation primarily supports small to midsize arts and socially engaged organizations that are contrarian and experimental, even courageous, in driving towards equity. In addition, the Foundation amplifies the creative life of artists and scholars across the disciplines through residencies, commissions, and accessible public platforms. Finally, the Foundation supports research, exhibitions, publications, academic partnerships, and special projects across the globe that promote the legacy of Rauschenberg’s joyful, responsive, and irreverent approach to making work while living an empathetic and meaningful life.

POSITION SUMMARY

Reporting to the Assistant Curator, the Curatorial Assistant is responsible for providing research assistance for the curatorial team in preparation for upcoming gallery and museum exhibitions and art auctions; fact checking outgoing documents for publication; administrative work in the context of all curatorial and art team functions, including maintaining departmental schedules and assisting in maintaining the artwork database and object files; managing content for the “art” portion of the foundation website and generating social media posts. 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

As an equal opportunity employer and in our commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive work environment, the Rauschenberg Foundation strives to attract a diverse mix of talented people. Individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds in arts organizations are strongly encouraged to apply.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities will include both research (50%) and administrative (50%) tasks.
•    Assist with a range of curatorial projects, including collection, exhibition, and bibliography research mainly focused on the years 1965–present.
•    Research and write didactic texts for artworks to be exhibited or that are entering the market.
•    Assist in preparing and proofreading materials for museum and gallery exhibitions.
•    Generate reports from the artwork database (Filemaker Pro).
•    Coordinate and execute RRF website updates with the curatorial, archives, and social media teams, initiating meetings, when necessary, with relevant staff.
•    Assist in managing calendar for workflow deadlines, internal meetings, and external appointments.
•    Coordinate meetings such as weekly Art and Archives meeting. Distribute agendas and relevant materials. Take notes at meetings and distribute action items.
•    Prepare press materials and exhibition timeline for quarterly board meetings. Review and disseminate noteworthy press articles monthly.
•    Prepare art related social media content. Schedule and troubleshoot posts on Instagram and Facebook.
•    Prepare documentation packets and power points for institutional meetings.
•    Assist with research and logistics for academic collaborations with graduate art history and art conservation programs; as needed, manage publications and events.
•    Compile preliminary research for catalogue raisonné volume editor and other research trips; conduct artwork examinations for works after 1965 in collaboration with staff.
•    Assist with preparing department budgets and tracking expenses.
•    With Assistant Curator, manage projects allocated to Curatorial Interns.
•    Coordinate cultivation events and list; conduct tours as necessary to visitors to the foundation.
•    Perform any other duties reasonably related to the functions described above.

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS REQUIRED

•    B.A. in Art History; a completed or in progress advanced degree in art history with attention to post-war 20th century American art is a plus.
•    At least eighteen months prior experience relevant to the position; prior curatorial experience is a plus.
•    Excellent written and oral communication, research, and organizational skills.
•    Excellent time management skills. Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and coordinate multiple projects at once.
•    Fastidious attention to detail.
•    Highly motivated, with a strong enthusiasm for working with a curatorial team.
•    Familiarity and ease with Mac-based computer systems; strong facility with the Microsoft office suite. Experience with FileMaker Pro databases a plus.
•    Proficiency with image scanning and editing; experience with Photoshop.
•    Knowledge of a foreign language preferred.
•    Reports to Assistant Curator. Works closely with other members of the art and warehouse teams and other foundation staff.

Please note that the Rauschenberg Foundation has instituted protocols to ensure the health and safety of everyone who comes onsite, including a requirement that all staff and visitors be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, other than accommodations required by law for religious or disability objections.

ADA SPECIFICATIONS

•    While largely sedentary, this position requires the ability to sit, stand, lift up to 50 lbs, as well as speak, and hear, sometimes for extended periods of time.
•    Requires the ability to use a computer and office equipment traditionally found in office.

COMPENSATION
Compensation is expected to be between $50,000–$55,000, commensurate with experience, and includes a competitive benefit package.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND DEADLINE 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV to employment@rauschenbergfoundation.org. Please indicate “Application for 2022 Curatorial Assistant” in the subject of your email to ensure proper processing and review. 

The application deadline is Tuesday October 11, 2022.