Capital Group Foundation Curatorial Fellow for Photography

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Capital Group Foundation Curatorial Fellow for Photography
Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University

Job Classification: Museum Curator 1
Job Code: 1841
Grade: H
Exemption: Exempt
Length: 36-month term position

Cantor Arts Center is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Cantor Arts Center highly values diverse candidates and fostering a workplace that fully embraces diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Cantor Arts Center boasts a proud and venerable history. Conceived with the founding of Stanford University in 1891, the museum opened in 1894, serving the University and the broader community. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the museum, necessitating its closure to the public. In 1995 groundbreaking for a major new wing and restoration of the historic building began in earnest with the revitalized museum opening in 1999 as the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for the Visual Arts. The Cantor offers approximately 50,000 square feet exhibition space, as well as classrooms and other study spaces for students and faculty.

Collections include art from Europe and America, both historical and contemporary; Asia, primarily Japan and China; Africa; Oceania; historical works from Mexico, Central America, and South America; and the Stanford Family Collection.

Job Purpose:

The Cantor Arts Center seeks a post-doctoral curatorial fellow to work with a recent gift from the Capital Group Foundation of roughly 1100 works by Ansel Adams, Edward S. Curtis, Edward Weston, Gordon Parks, John Gutmann, Wright Morris, and Helen Levitt, which will be the focus of several upcoming exhibitions and the focus of the fellow’s research. The fellow will be the Inaugural Curatorial Fellow in this position.

Core Duties:

During the period of tenure, the fellow will be expected to participate in scholarly museum production, including cataloguing, research, exhibition planning and implementation, related program development, and collection care and conservation of the collection. The goal of the fellowship is to produce new and innovative scholarship on the seven artists represented in the Capital Group Foundation collection and their photographic work. Thus, the curatorial fellow also will be tasked with conceiving of a major scholarly exhibition from the Capital Group Foundation Collection.

With its long tradition of excellence as a center for the study or American art and photography, the Cantor is seeking a candidate who has the interest and skills to use the Capital Group Foundation Collection as the basis for the production of scholarship that narrates new stories of photography, American art, and an expanded view of the American experience. The fellow should be committed to fostering dialogue around historical and contemporary issues of interpretation, representation, and other relevant concerns.

This position is a 36-month term position. The successful appointee will become an active member of the Cantor’s collaborative curatorial department and benefit from engagement with the Cantor director and curators as well as members of Stanford academic community. Additional duties may be assigned.

Required skills:

Expertise in the history of photography, including its materials and processes.

Knowledge of and research skills across a wide range of the arts of photography.

Interest in organizing and implementing innovative museum installations and/or special exhibitions.

Sensitivity to historical and contemporary issues around museums and other cultural institutions.

Commitment to inclusivity.

Ability to conduct thorough, original research.

Ability to write for and speak effectively with a wide range of audiences, from the general public to scholars.

Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues within the museum and across the Stanford University campus. Ability and willingness to collaborate with other local university and public museums.

Proficiency working with computer programs including Microsoft Office and art management software.

Required Education:

Ph.D. in Art History or a related discipline with a specialization in the history of photography required, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Physical Requirements:

Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, seated work and use light/fine grasping.

Occasionally stand, walk, and write by hand, lift, carry, push, pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

* Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Working Conditions:

May work extended and/or non-standard hours, weekends, holidays based on business needs.

Occasional local and overnight travel may be required.

May work in areas with exposure to dust, paint, chemicals, and other toxins.

Work Standards:

Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

Required Application Documents:

Cover letter
Sample of scholarly writing
3 references, including at least one academic reference and one professional reference

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