Gary & Ellen Davis Curator of Photography: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and Cornell University Library—Ellen-Davis-Curator-of-Photography_WDR-00010652

Ithaca (Main Campus)

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and Cornell University Library seek to hire a curator of photography to play a crucial role in the development and execution of an innovative new project utilizing the photography collections of both the Museum and the Library. This four-year position will require traditional museum curatorial skills as well as an ability to work collaboratively across library and archival collections to identify and organize visual materials for the benefit of scholars and other audiences on and off campus. The position is the centerpiece of a four-year joint initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which aims to establish substantive partnerships between the Museum and Library. Working closely with an external project consultant, this position would be based in the Johnson Museum with responsibilities for working with photography holdings in both the Museum and the Library.

Working under the direction of the Chief Curator at the Johnson Museum, and in close consultation with the Assistant Director for Collections in the Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, the curator would be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to bridge the two collections; integrating photography collections into campus curricula, exhibitions, and programs; and increasing the profile and accessibility of photography at Cornell and beyond.

Required Qualifications:

The qualified candidate should have at minimum an MA in art history, museum studies, visual studies, or a comparable discipline, with 1-2 years’ experience in a museum, library, archive, or related setting, or equivalent combination. The candidate should possess superior written and oral communication skills and experience in university-level teaching and public speaking. Experience with or knowledge of library or museum documentation and discovery systems and interfaces. Able to work as a team, prioritize tasks, adapt to a fast-pace, changing environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred qualifications include a PhD in art history/visual studies with demonstrated expertise in the history and theory of photography and a record of scholarly publications.  As this position works closely with colleagues in both a library and museum setting, applicants whose professional, scholarly, or research background prepares them to approach library and museum collections from an interdisciplinary vantage point are strongly encouraged to apply. Knowledge of at least one foreign language is desirable.

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University Job Title:

Curator I



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Brenda Joly

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