Job Opportunity:

Associate Curator/Curator The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world’s finest museums, seeks an Associate Curator/Curator. He/she will be an expert in 20th Century Historic Costumes, with skills in connoisseurship and the ability to propose and support curatorial initiatives in this field. He/she will participate in research, development, and active management of the Collection; the initiation of collection displays, major special exhibitions, publications and interpretation; and all activities of the Department. Reports to Curator in Charge.


  • Working closely with the Curator in Charge, devise and execute departmental collection and research strategies
  • Initiate and organize collection displays and special exhibitions
  • Act as key author and essayist for major exhibition catalogues and other specialized publications, including online content
  • Answer correspondence relating to the Collection; assist the public and visiting scholars
  • Contribute to public programs (Learning, Volunteers, etc.)
  • Foster and maintain excellent working relationships with donors, patrons, collectors, colleagues from other international institutions, the scholarly community, dealers, and other individuals involved with the interests of the Museum
  • Interact with potential sponsors and assist with fundraising as appropriate
  • Advise on program planning for the Friends of The Costume  Institute patrons’ groups and Visiting Committee
  • Supervisor a team of researchers
  • Other duties as assigned.



Experience & Skills:

  • Minimum of six years’ experience in a museum or academic institution
  • Expertise in 20th Century Historic Dress
  • Proven experience initiating and executing major loan exhibitions with international scope
  • Demonstrated scholarly achievement and extensive published record, including evidence of original research
  • Demonstrated engagement with international critical theory and artistic practice
  • Demonstrated commitment to broad international audience engagement and learning
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with artists, museum colleagues, donors, and the general public
  • Ability to create and maintain well-researched and precise records

Knowledge & Education:

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Art History, Costumes, or related field required
  • Deep expertise in twentieth century Fashion History required
  • Broad knowledge of international contemporary culture
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Exhibition experience required
  • Proficiency in other languages preferred


Application Deadline: November 30th 2015

The Associate Curator / Curator, The Costume Institute, is a full-time position and includes full benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Send cover letter, indicating position of interest, resume, and salary history to:

as a Word attachment only

with “Associate Curator / Curator, The Costume Institute” in the subject line.



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