Curatorial Manager, Public Art Program; Madison Square Park (New York)

Madison Square Park, a seven-acre urban oasis, is located in the heart of Manhattan’s Flatiron District at East 23rd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues. Madison Square Park Conservancy raises the funds that support a program of commissioned contemporary public art, lush horticulture, Park maintenance, Park security and other free cultural programs.

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s art program is curatorially-driven. The program of commissioned temporary public sculpture features work by distinguished mid-career and established contemporary national and international artists. Artists including Diana Al-Hadid, Tony Cragg, Leonardo Drew, Teresita Fernández, Josiah McElheny, Iván Navarro, Giuseppe Penone, Martin Puryear, and Erwin Redl have all realized projects on our site.

Public art is significant for complete access to the public and for the opportunity for people to view works within a democratic context. Sixty thousand visitors traverse Madison Square Park everyday. Leonardo Drew’s City in the Grass is on view through December 15, 2019. The Conservancy is also the commissioning institution for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale.

Position summary:

The Curatorial Manager will provide support for all of Madison Square Park Conservancy’s outdoor exhibitions and will report to the Deputy Director/Chief Curator and work in concert with the Senior Project Manager and all departments. 

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Project manage artwork commissions and exhibitions including records, maintenance and conservation, documentation, potential traveling plans, and contracts for up to three exhibitions annually
  • Close work with artists and colleagues at other institutions
  • Develop and manage exhibition budgets and annual department budgets
  • Produce printed collateral including exhibition catalogues, brochures, signage
  • Assist Chief Curator with exhibition and Art Committee meetings
  • Assist Chief Curator with press schedule/press coordination
  • In concert with Senior Project Manager and Chief Curator, review design, engineering, fabrication coordination, installation and deinstallation, landscaping
  • Assist Chief Curator and Development team with selected Development tasks and events
  • Collaborate with operations and Park staff on installation and deinstallation of projects
  • Supervise summer interns
  • Coordinate logistics for annual symposium and annual meeting of Public Art Consortium
  • Maintain department project files, maintain budget/accounting records, correspondence, and other duties as assigned
  • Conceive art-program related social media with Communications staff
  • Conceive events for and serve as staff representative to Art Council

The Curatorial Manager works closely with all Conservancy staff including the Executive Director, Deputy Director/Chief Curator, Senior Project Manager, Director of Public Programs, Deputy Director of Park Operations, Events team, Manager of Marketing and Communications, Director of Development.  

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in art history or fine arts or related field
  • Knowledge of and passion for contemporary art and artists and a strong academic knowledge of art history
  • Excellent written and oral skills
  • Strong skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, InDesign
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Ability to work effectively on multiple projects and to meet deadlines
  • An enthusiastic team player with good interpersonal skills

Compensation and Schedule

Salary is commensurate with experience with excellent benefits. Weekday schedule with some evening/weekend work required, especially during installation and deinstallation periods and evening events and programs.

Application instructions

To apply, please submit via email attachment a cover letter, writing sample, and resume including names and complete contact information for three references to jobs@madisonsquarepark.org

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Madison Square Park Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity (“EEO”) laws.

The Conservancy prohibits discrimination against applicants for employment because of the individual’s race or color, religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, domestic partnership status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or pre-employment conviction record or any other characteristic protected by law.