Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowships at Performa are designed to provide a comprehensive training experience for post-doctoral scholars interested in a career in curating contemporary visual art performance, including new media, dance, music and film. Fellows will work closely with Performa’s curatorial team, external curators and international advisory board, and will participate in year-round Performa Institute initiatives, traveling exhibitions, and programs. Each Fellow will be given the opportunity to develop a project for the biennial in tandem with Performa’s resident curators. These opportunities include contributing to programming for the Performa Institute, conferences and publications, and adding to a repository of performance scholarship and documentation. During the Performa biennial, Fellows will be involved with the coordination and day-to-day operation of the Performa Institute at the Performa Hub. The Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellows at Performa will be involved in ongoing historical research of live performance by artists from around the globe, as well as with the editorial content for Performa Magazine, providing opportunities for substantive research and writing. The Fellows will also gain in-depth exposure to the practice of contemporary artists and to current issues in curating performance in a museum and gallery


• Conduct curatorial research with Performa's curatorial team, including compilations of artists' information, interviews, or other material;
• Contribute to programming for the Performa Institute's year-round activities.
• Prepare project descriptions and biographical archive on artists;
• Design and develop an independent project within the guidelines of the upcoming biennial and research inititatives of the organization;
• Collaborate with press and marketing associates to prepare curatorial inforamtion in a timely fashion, including material gathered from Performa Consortium partners;
• Represent Performa by participating in lectures, symposia, and other external programming that further and raise awareness of our mission;
• Assist development associates on the funding structure of non-profit organizations, including foundation research and grant-writing where appropriate;
• Work closely with the Producing Director to understand pre-production, budgeting, and marketing, as well as to manage the production / presentation of the independent project;
• Undertake projects to catalog and archive photographic, video, and audio documentation;
• Contribute entries for the Performa Magazine and Performa biennial publication.


Applicants must have been awarded a Ph.D degree in Art History, Performance Studies, or a related field, with a broad knowledge of and interest in contemporary art across media. An ability to work collaboratively and to effectively contribute to Performa’s senior curatorial and management team is required. The position is paid and full-time for 2 years.


Qualified candidates should send a cover letter of interest to the attention of RoseLee Goldberg, a CV, and at least two writing samples to with "Mellon Fellow" in the subject line. Only candidates who meet the above criteria will be contacted for potential interviews.