• Curatorial Associate

    Location US-NY-Manhattan
    Job ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    Full-Time Regular
    EPO Exhibitions Department
  • Overview

    The Exhibitions department develops, organizes, implements, and executes all aspects relating to the presentation of exhibitions and displays at the Schwarzman Building (SASB) and the Library for the Performing Arts (LPA). Exhibitions are the most direct reflection of the breadth of NYPL’s collections and provide the only means by which the public, outside of scholars and writers, can gain access to its extraordinary holdings. By their very nature, exhibitions tell stories, serve as catalysts for ideas, and encourage new ways of thinking and learning. While providing insights into the collections, exhibitions serve to confirm NYPL’s ability to make accessible the most important intellectual, historic, literary, and artistic ideas created.


    Principal Responsibilities

    Under the direct supervision of the Associate Director for Exhibitions, the Curatorial Associate is responsible for participating in the development and planning of exhibitions within the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and the Library for the Performing Arts.


      • Facilitates exhibition content development from initial research and proposal through narrative refinement; object selection; text drafting; development of graphics; audio/visual; digital and interactive elements; and design for three to five exhibitions per year
      • Oversees development and revisions of exhibition object checklist
      • Manages development, revision, approval, and production of text and graphic elements
      • Establishes and oversees exhibition production schedules and exhibitions calendar
      • Coordinates work flow relating to exhibition objects with registrars, conservators, and installation staff
      • Oversees reproduction rights and digitization of exhibition items
      • Contributes to exhibition-related marketing, press, and web materials
      • Performs explanatory research for future projects including panel exhibitions and pop-up displays
      • Serves as liaison between curators and NYPL staff including Development, Volunteer Office, Creative Services, Digital Imaging Unit, Communications, Special Collections, General Research Collections, Rights and Permissions, Public Programs and Special Events as well as with independent contractors
      • Responsible for the scheduling, supervision, and docent training for exhibitions
      • Layout of objects and descriptive text in ehibitions to present a comprehensive narrative and promote understanding
      • Selection of graphic elements to furhter enhance an understanding of the exhibition or highlight key elements

    NYPL Core Values




    Minimum Qualifications

    • Master’s degree in literature, history, the arts, or museum studies
    • Successfully demonstrated research, organization, and time management skills
    • Excellent interpersonal oral and written communication skills combined with diplomatic ability
    • Successfully demonstrated ability to work well under minimal supervision and within stringent deadlines
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with curators, editors, preparators, conservators, registrars, exhibition and graphic designers, and publicists
    • Working knowledge of the project management system Trello

    Preferred Qualifications

    Demonstrated knowledge of the resources of The New York Public Library preferred

    Work Environment

    Gallery settings, office spaces, collections areas

    Union / Non Union

    Non Union


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