Mellon C-MAP Fellow (Influence of the Performative focus) | Pai

  • The Museum is currently seeking a post-doctoral candidate for a two-year fellowship, renewable for a third year, to support and augment the C-MAP global research initiative focused on the “Influence of the Performative.” This C-MAP group, originates from the Museum’s belief that the artist’s performing body and the notion of performativity have been critical transformative drives for twentieth-century art, particularly from the latter half of the century to the present. The group leader and member who include curators from across MoMA and affiliate MoMA PS1, as well as a representative of the Department of Education, explore performative aspects of postwar Japanese artistic practices. To support this research, they invite local, national, and international scholars for meetings and workshops around such topics as the performative art group Jikken Kobo and Fluxus in postwar Japan, among other subjects. In addition, in keeping with C-MAP’s desire to expand MoMA’s international reach and network, group members travel to Japan to conduct on-site research. Specific responsibilities are as follows: Works with group leader and C-MAP Program Coordinator to organize bi-weekly group meetings. Coordinates with C-MAP group leader and International Program to implement a research plan and schedule to support the needs and activities of the relevant group. Based on this plan, devises an outline of necessary research and practical resources. Conducts independent research and, in dialogue with C-MAP group leader, develops a working annotated bibliography and digital library of resources (including art history, cultural history, exhibition catalogues, and reviews, etc.) to support the group research. May, at times, be required to work directly on the collection. Assists in the identification of qualified outside scholars, curators, and advisors who will be invited to participate in the C-MAP group on a short- to medium-term basis. Works closely with C-MAP group and Assistant Director of the International Program to plan and build research resources that benefit the planning and realization of C-MAP group travel and/or travel by individual group members. Travels to designated geographies with the C-MAP group to conduct research; visits collections, cultural institutions, studios, and other organizations as required; and participates in meetings with outside scholars, artists, and other groups, as appropriate. Actively contributes to, as assigned, the writing, editing, preparation, and production of C-MAP scholarly communications, which may include: blog posts on; catalogue entries; scholarly writing for MoMA publications; travel reports; and formal reports and executive summaries, among other formats. Assists in the organization of and participates in symposia and other forms of discourse related to the C-MAP group research. Reports to Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, with a direct liaison to the Museum’s International Program.

    Requirements: Doctoral degree (or the equivalent in countries outside the United States) in art history, anthropology, cultural studies, and/or a related field in the humanities; doctoral degree must have been or will be officially conferred within three years of the start date of the fellowship. Strong knowledge of 20th- and 21st-century Western art history within a global context. Specialization in postwar Japanese art is required; an interest in the performative aspects of art-making and a comparative approach and orientation with other geographic/art historical areas desired. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated research capabilities. Knowledge of basic office procedures and skills. Strong command of written and spoke Japanese is required; working knowledge of French and/or German, and an additional Asian language, such as Chinese preferred.

    If you would like to submit your resume and cover letter for consideration, please choose one of the following options:

    By e-mail: (most preferred option)
    By fax: (212) 333-1107
    By mail: The Museum of Modern Art

    The Department of Human Resources
    11 West 53 Street
    New York, NY 10019

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