Position: Curator of Himalyan Art, Asian Art Museum

Curator, Himalayan Art

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Location: The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco


Details: The Asian Art Museum seeks an exceptional scholar in Himalayan art to join the curatorial staff at the museum’s spectacular new facility in downtown San Francisco.

The curator will direct the care, academic interpretation, and exhibition of all artworks of Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia, and the Tibetan Buddhist world, including artworks made in China in Tibetan-related styles. The museum’s Himalayan collection includes over 700 paintings, major
groups of stone, dry lacquer, and bronze sculpture, textiles, Tibetan scrolls from the Shalu and Ngor monasteries, and an array of ritual and decorative art. 
 
Additionally, the curator will oversee areas of the Chinese art collections in consultation with other curators in the Chinese art department.  These areas will be determined based on the selected candidate’s qualifications and the museum’s needs.
 
He/she must have an ongoing awareness of trends and practices in the American museum profession, and must possess the vision, commitment, and ability to insure scholarly excellence and intellectual innovation, and respond to public needs.

 

A full position description is available at www.asianart.org.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS •Ph.D. in Asian Art History, with focus on Himalayan art and an area of Chinese art. •Five (5) years of professional work experience in a museum or related educational/research organization; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. •Distinguished record of professional accomplishments and publications. •Knowledge of the standards and ethics related to the collection and exhibition of Asian art; the methods, techniques, and procedures involved in the interpretation and exhibition of a museum collection and traveling collections of Asian art. •Familiarity with general administrative principles, practices, and methods; museum management principles and practices; budget development and management. •Knowledge of current intellectual developments in the fields of art history, cultural history, and museum studies. •Excellent managerial and interpersonal skills; strong written/oral communication skills and public speaking ability; high level of organizational, planning, and research skills. •Language proficiency for research; ability to speak at least one related Asian language. Particularly desirable would be Tibetan, Chinese, and/or Sanskrit. •Ability to effectively interpret art and scholarly information to the general public and other audiences; to train docents and others. •Ability to analyze complex administrative problems; evaluate alternative solutions, and adopt effective courses of action; develop and manage budgets. •Ability to conduct original research that results in published scholarly materials in the field of specialization; attract, negotiate, and implement major exhibitions; lecture effectively. •Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, visitors, volunteers, donors, dealers, collectors, professional colleagues, and other members of the museum community.

 

COMPENSATION Excellent compensation including City and County of San Francisco benefits package.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE Send a letter of interest, resume, and three (3) references to: HUMAN RESOURCES, Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 FAX: 415.861.2359 The Asian Art Museum is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Website: http://www.asianart.org

 

Date advertisement submitted: 15 Feb 2008, revised 20 May 2008.

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