Associate Curator






Associate Curator



The Associate Curator will either specialize in late medieval art (13th-16th century) or the arts of the Mediterranean world in the late antique through medieval periods. The ideal candidate is expected to be active as a scholar in his/her area of expertise, have a global perspective, interdisciplinary interests and a willingness to engage in diverse media. In addition, s/he will be required to work broadly across the collection in support of departmental and museum activities and have a demonstrated interest in comparative research and projects. As part of the curatorial team responsible for collections and programs at the Metropolitan Museum and at The Cloisters, s/he and will be responsible for performing all curatorial duties, including: researching, studying, interpreting, and publishing works in the collection under her/his curatorial responsibility; contributing to permanent collection installations; recommending acquisitions; reviewing and recommending loan requests; proposing future exhibitions and publications; and building and maintaining positive relations with colleagues in the museum/academic world, collectors, and patrons.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

      Participate in departmental assessment and acquisition initiatives, and collaborate closely with departmental colleagues on related aspects of collection development and stewardship

      Plan, research and stage exhibitions in cooperation with colleagues in the department and across the museum

      Lead scholarly research on and interpretation of objects under his/her curatorial responsibility, and work closely with collections and conservation staff on maintaining collection records and reviewing treatment recommendations

      Propose and contribute to departmental publications, including catalogue essays and entries, as well as other texts, printed and online

      Foster and maintain excellent working relationships with donors, patrons, collectors, colleagues from other international institutions and the scholarly community, dealers and other individuals involved with the interests of the Museum

      Participate in departmental fundraising as appropriate

      Contribute to departmental programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters, including the Visiting Committee and other donor or supporter events

      Answer correspondence relating to collection in field of expertise; assist the public and visiting scholars with inquiries

      Interest in working closely with or mentoring fellows and interns

      Contribute to the Museum’s public and educational programs (Learning, Volunteers, Digital Media, etc.)

      Collaborate with colleagues inside the museum on museum-wide programs and projects, including committee service.

      Other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications:

Experience and Skills:

      Minimum seven years’ experience in a museum or academic institution required

      Demonstrated scholarly achievement including evidence of original research in field of specialization

      Demonstrated experience in conceiving and organizing exhibitions

      Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with museum colleagues, donors and general public

      Ability to create and maintain precise and widely researched records, proficiency in TMS desirable

      Demonstrated commitment to broad international engagement and learning

Knowledge and Education:

      PhD in Art History with a concentration in relevant field required

      Recognized achievement for expertise and scholarship in the field required

      Good working knowledge of appropriate languages required

      Strong record of publications in the field required



Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to
with Associate Curator, Medieval Art and The Cloisters in the subject line.



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