Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Asian Art
Project Director, "The Arts of Devotion"
|Location:||District of Columbia, United States|
|Position:||Administrator, Curator, Director, Doctoral Fellow, Other Professional, Post-Doctoral Fellow|
The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, is located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Committed to preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting exemplary works of art, the Freer and Sackler house exceptional collections of Asian art, with more than 42,000 objects dating from the Neolithic period to today. Renowned and iconic objects originate from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, the ancient Near East, and the Islamic world. The Freer Gallery also holds a significant group of American works of art largely dating to the late nineteenth century. It boasts the world’s largest collection of diverse works by James McNeill Whistler, including the famed Peacock Room.
We seek a full-time Project Director to lead “The Arts of Devotion,” a four-year initiative designed to use the museum’s art collections to further the civic discourse around religion and increase the understanding of religious beliefs and practices, particularly of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. The Project Director will oversee the creation of Teaching Asian Religions, a digital learning resource for K-16 educators and students. In collaboration with a Community Engagement Specialist, the Project Director will also work to engage diverse voices from local faith communities in the development of four exhibitions and their accompanying public programs. The four exhibitions include: Mind Over Matter: Zen in Medieval Japan; Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain; Beyond Rumi: Sufi Art and Practice, and Krishna’s Path of Grace.
Ideal candidates will have a PhD or ABD in Asian studies or religious studies, and have particular interest in forms of religious practice, preferably its material or visual cultures, or comparative religious studies. Candidates should have an interest in contemporary religion and experience engaging with religious practitioners and community-based research. Candidates who are conversant with Asian cultures and Asian American cultures, and/or have experience in community building work are encouraged to apply. Prior project management, museum experience, and/or familiarity with the DC metro area is a plus but is not required.
This full-time contract position reports to the director of the museum and is for a term of one year, with the possibility of renewal of up to three additional years. $35-43/hr.
The Smithsonian is an equal opportunity employer.
For more information on the museum and what we do, please visit asia.si.edu. To apply, send a cover letter and a CV to FSG-AsiaHR@si.edu. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply before April 23, 2021.
|Primary Category:||Religious Studies and Theology
|Secondary Categories:||Art / Art History
Asian American History / Studies
Asian History / Studies
Cultural History / Studies
East Asian History / Studies
Immigration History / Studies
Islamic History / Studies
Japanese History / Studies
Middle East History / Studies
South Asian History / Studies
Chinese History / Studies
Korean History / Studies
Southeast Asian History / Studies