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September 2018 – August 2020
The David Booth Conservation Department at The Museum of Modern Art is pleased to offer a two-year fellowship in sculpture conservation, starting September 2018. The fellowship provides an opportunity to acquire comprehensive training in sculpture and objects preservation, conservation, and restoration in a museum setting. Working as part of the sculpture and objects conservation team, the fellow will assist conservators with all facets of the preservation, conservation, and restoration of three-dimensional sculptures and objects, including acquisition, exhibition, treatment, collection care, and research, related to sculpture and objects conservation. Fellowship activities will involve collaboration with Museum departments, including curatorial, Exhibition Design and Production, Exhibition Planning and Administration, Information Technology, and Collection Management and Exhibition Registration. Besides developing and refining advanced techniques in sculpture conservation, the fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with MoMA’s conservation scientists; to develop and carry out research projects; and to have their work disseminated or published through blogs, conferences, and peer-reviewed journals.
Graduate from a recognized training program; candidates with equivalent training will be considered.
Internship in treatment of three-dimensional sculptures, works of art, and objects. No more than three years experience past graduation.
- Examination and treatment of sculptures, works of art, and objects at an advanced intern level.
- Some experience with treatment of modern and contemporary works preferable.
- Familiarity with condition photography, including ultra-violet, infrared, and photomicrography.
- Use of analytic instruments, including microscopes, X-ray equipment, and other instruments for the examination and technical analysis of works of art and their constituent parts.
- Excellent speaking, reading, and writing skills in English.
- Proficiency with computer software, including image editing and Adobe Photoshop.
- Writes condition reports and installation instructions (when needed) for works of art. Recommends and executes treatment of works of art and their optimal storage and exhibition conditions in consultation with associate/conservators, scientists, other higher conservator titles, and curators. Keeps full photographic and written documentation of original condition and all stages of treatment of works of art.
- Assists in advising curators, registrars, and exhibitions staff on conservation requirements to ensure protection of works of art during exhibition, packing, and shipping. Assists in advising curators on the condition of works of art as related to exhibition, loans, and acquisition.
- Examines and interprets the physical structure of works of art and liaises with scientists on the interpretation of scientific data.
- Carries out courier trips as needed.
- Assists in supervising seasonal (three-month) interns and conservation program trainees as requested.
- Investigates, evaluates, and tests new materials used by contemporary artists. Researches, develops, and tests materials and techniques for conservation use. Keeps abreast of new technical and material developments in the art historical and conservation fields through attendance at meetings and readings of conservation, technical, and art historical literature.
- Adheres to the AIC Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
- Performs any other duties reasonably related to the functions described above.
REPORTS TO: Sculpture Conservators, Associate Conservators, and higher.
Stipend: $45,000 plus benefits and vacation, with $3,775 for research and travel.
Candidates must submit a statement of interest, a current CV, and a list of references to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 1, 2018. Please reference the position title in the subject line.
The Museum of Modern Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.
The Museum of Modern Art’s Sculpture Conservation Initiative is made possible through the David Booth Conservation Center Endowment Fund.