Curator (Open Rank) of Photography and New Media, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Stanford, CA
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Curator (Open Rank) of Photography and New Media, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University

Job Classification: Museum Curator 2
Job Classification Code: 1842
Grade: I
Exemption: Exempt

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Cantor Arts Center is committed to developing a diverse candidate pool.

About the Cantor Arts Center:
The Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University's encyclopedic museum, is a vital and dynamic institution on one of the premier university campuses. Founded in 1891 with the founding of the university, the historic museum was expanded and renamed in 1999 for donors Iris and B. Gerald Cantor. The Cantor's collection spans 5,000 years, includes 44,000 artworks from the ancient world through the present from around the globe. With 24 galleries presenting selections from the collection and numerous changing exhibitions and installations, the Cantor serves Stanford's academic community, as well as draws over 250,000 local, national, and international visitors each year. Free admission, free tours, lectures, family activities, plus innovative and exciting exhibitions make the Cantor one of the most well-attended university art museums in the country and a great resource for teaching and research on campus.

Job Purpose:
The Curator of Photography and New Media is responsible for the presentation, research, preservation, and growth of the collection of photography and new media at the Cantor Arts Center. Beginning with the Stanford family's association with Eadweard Muybridge, the university has a long and deep commitment to the medium and seeks to continue its commitment to its new digital forms. The curator works closely with the curatorial and programs teams in a collaborative environment that encourages the development of innovative exhibitions, acquisitions, and educational opportunities. The curator also must be able to thrive in a prestigious academic environment, developing partnerships with Stanford faculty members and engaging students across disciplines. The candidate should possess demonstrable museum experience and have a record of accomplishment in successfully producing significant exhibitions, academic and public programs, and publications, as well as the ability to lecture and teach. The curator reports to the Cantor's John and Jill Freidenrich Director.

The successful candidate will be expected to propose and realize major exhibition projects. These projects may take cues from the Cantor's permanent collection, be built from loans from other institutions and collections, or a combination of these two sources. Major publications, conceived as meaningful contributions to the field on the issues addressed in the exhibition, will accompany these projects.

Core Duties:
The Curator will join a new and dynamic curatorial and programs team that will participate in the re-imagining and re-installation of the museum's galleries and other exhibition spaces. This is a chance to help define a new vision for photography and new media at the Cantor. As the encyclopedic art museum at Stanford, the Cantor has an opportunity to help determine what a 21st-century museum will look like and how it will function. Even when considering traditional art forms, the Cantor presents exhibitions, installations, and programs that feature contemporary concerns and artistic trends, as well as implements state-of-the-art interpretative methods. The Cantor intentionally seeks to create an environment of inclusion and diversity of staff, collections, exhibitions, and programs. The Cantor seeks to be a center for arts leadership for the next generation with a special focus on training diverse candidates for curatorial, programmatic, and other museum positions.

Another significant aspect of the position will be strategically building the collection of photography and media, actively pursuing acquisitions and loans, while fostering relationships with donors and other supporters of the museum. The candidate must have proven experience working with collectors and all aspects of donor cultivation. As a thoughtful member of the curatorial team, the curator will bring in-depth knowledge of art history and museum practice to assist in implementing an exciting vision for the museum. The curator should be well connected to other museum colleagues, artists, galleries, nationally and internationally.

The curator also will help to conceive and implement academic and public programs, while playing a strategic role in strengthening the museum's commitment to research and teaching on campus, by initiating collaborations with Stanford students, faculty, and staff; and ensuring that the resources of the museum are made available to the faculty and students in meaningful and innovative ways.
  • Conceive, research, develop and collaborate with museum and faculty colleagues to organize and present compelling installations of the permanent collection, as well as ambitious traveling exhibitions of varying scope; develop related programming, including lectures, symposia, and other educational programs.
  • Research, write, and oversee production of related publications, including catalogs and wall text.
  • Work with the exhibitions team to coordinate project budgets, assisting in the development, preparation, and oversight of exhibition budgets.
  • Develop collections by selectively acquiring important objects through purchase and gift.
  • Cultivate relationships with museum supporters and prospective donors
  • Solicit and evaluate proposals for exhibitions organized by other institutions and coordinate their presentation at the Cantor.
  • Assist in fundraising and public relations efforts related to department activities.
  • Develop a cooperative and productive relationship between the Center and the local, national, and international art community.
  • Supervise undergraduates, graduate students, and act as a mentor for the Capital Group Photography fellow.
  • Maintain record of scholarly production as well as scholarly profile by participating in conferences within area of scholarly expertise, as well as by lecturing in academic and public forums.
Other duties may also be assigned.

Job Type Full-time