Full Job Description
The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute collects, preserves, and interprets works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods. With a collection of approximately 300,000 art works and artifacts, the museum has particularly strong holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, contemporary art, early 20th century European painting and sculpture, Japanese prints, and photography. The museum’s 2009 addition, the Modern Wing, features the latest in green museum technology and 264,000 square feet dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture and design, and new museum education facilities. In addition to displaying its permanent collection, the Art Institute mounts more than 30 special exhibitions per year and features lectures, gallery tours, and special performances on a daily basis
Temporary - One Year
BASIC FUNCTION: Under the direction of the Chair, supports the Associate Curator of Arms, Armor and European Decorative Arts before 1700 with collections record keeping and research related to European arms and armor dating from about 1200 to 1860. Project priorities will be set by the Chair.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
In consultation with the associate curator and collections manager, supports the cataloguing of the collection of arms and armor. Ensures accuracy of information and updates object files and the collections database (CITI) together with digital assets and records (LAKE) and prepares object records for web publishing.
Works with the associate curator to examine, research and catalogue the permanent collection of arms and armor for the object files and collections data base (CITI). This includes: developing object provenance research, publication history, bibliography, exhibition history, and scholarly remarks.
Performs other cataloguing, writing and research duties as required.
MA or equivalent in art history
Graduate-level study of European art, preferably with a knowledge of decorative arts, arms and armor and/or material culture, from the 12th to 18th centuries (inclusive)
Reading knowledge of at least two foreign languages (German and Italian preferred)
Excellent research and writing skills
Knowledge of technology-based research tools
Must have excellent verbal communication skills and an ability to work with all levels of staff, scholars, and visitors
We offer a competitive, comprehensive benefits package:
4 weeks of paid time off
Medical, dental, and vision insurance
Tuition remission and Tuition Exchange Program
Great employee discounts
Complimentary general admission to participating cultural institutions
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