Art Institute of Chicago, Africas and the Americas
Rice Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship in African Art
|Location:||Illinois, United States|
At the Art Institute of Chicago, the collection of the arts of Africa reflects the continent's great cultural and geographic diversity and deep, complex history through over 500 works of art from the 11th through the 20th century. With strengths in wood carvings from West and Central Africa, the collection encompasses masks, figures, decorative arts, ceramics, beadwork, textiles, costume, and jewelry.
This three-year curatorial fellowship will focus on researching and expanding knowledge of the museum's African collection in the areas of eastern and southern Africa. The arts of both these geographic regions have long been marginalized in the study of African art, and are still not considered to be an integral part of the canon, which continues to privilege masks and figures from western and central Africa. However, a growing interest in recent decades in non-figurative domestic and utilitarian objects as well as in dress and forms of ephemeral body decorations has led to a reevaluation of the corpus and a new appreciation for the arts of eastern and southern Africa. Museums in the United States have for some time also sought to build or enhance representation of the arts from these two geographic areas. The Art Institute of Chicago similarly seeks to enrich and diversify its budding collection of eastern and southern African art through acquisitions and through in-depth research of its existing and future holdings in these areas. The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in African Art will be given the opportunity to assume a leadership role in the museum's endeavor in this regard.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- With the guidance of the Art lnstitute's Curator of African Art, conduct object-based, archival and comparative research on the existing collection in light of a planned publication of selected works
- Verify and complement the provenances of works in the collection and assist in the assessment of authenticity of a number of works in light of the same planned publication
- Identify and help pursue potential new acquisitions with the aim of expanding areas in the collection that are lacking or have been underrepresented so far
- Conceive and organize gallery installations, rotations, and/or temporary exhibitions with a special interest in projects including the fellow's research specialty
- Publish research on the collection, whether in publications by the Art Institute, in other museum catalogues, or in external journals or books
- Lecture on research on the collection, whether at the Art Institute or at other venues or through participation in national and international conferences or symposia
- Contribute to the Art lnstitute's role with regards to the planning and organization of the upcoming Triennial Symposium on African Art of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) to be held in Chicago in June 2020
- Collaborate on research and its dissemination through publications and gallery presentations with colleagues in Conservation, Interpretation, Publishing, and other departments
- Engage with colleagues in art history with similar specialization, both from the curatorial and academic worlds, to help build research portfolios
- Establish or build upon relationships and exchanges with colleagues in museums and universities on the African continent
While the Fellow's home base will be the curatorial department of the Arts of Africa and the Americas, fellowship activities will be performed in collaboration with many other departments at the museum, including Conservation, Interpretation, Publishing, Exhibitions, Textiles, Learning and Public Engagement, and Academic Engagement and Research, among others.
Candidates should submit a CV, a cover letter detailing the candidate's interest in applying for the fellowship and the skill set(s) the candidate would bring to the position, and a document listing the names of at least three professional references. Upon invitation to interview, further supporting materials (such as writing samples) may be requested. Attachments should be collated into a single PDF document and uploaded as one file. The Art Institute will be particularly interested to review candidates with experience in studying the arts of Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, or South Africa, however, candidates with expertise across any geographic areas of African art are encouraged to apply.
The fellowship will begin in September 2019. This is a three-year appointment.
To ensure the fullest possible consideration, please submit your application by April 8, 2019. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the post is filled.
Special Project Position
This is a 3 year position
About the Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the largest and most prestigious fine art institutions in the world. It incorporates the museum, which is visited by millions of people every year who enjoy our distinguished collections, and The School of The Art Institute, which ranks as one of the top independent colleges in the United States and abroad in art and design. The Art Institute’s outstanding reputation is based not only on its collections, facilities, and academic programs, but also on its team of dedicated professionals. The Art Institute offers a variety of occupations for various skill levels, which in turn contributes to the diverse activities of the organization. As a result, The Art Institute prides itself on effective, efficient, and productive operations.
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|Primary Category:||African History / Studies
|Secondary Categories:||American History / Studies