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CURATOR OR ASSOCIATE CURATOR

Performa, the world’s leading organization dedicated to performance in contemporary art, is currently accepting applications for an Curator or Associate Curator. This position oversees the initiation, development, and realization of selected Performa Commissions and Projects and contributes to the program for the Performa Institute on a year-round basis. Working directly with Performa’s Founding Director/Chief Curator and Producing Director, this position is heavily weighted toward research and development of artist commissions and projects, from concept to realization. The Curator or Associate Curator is responsible for ensuring that their commissions and projects are delivered within agreed time-frame and on budget. The position is a vital part of our exciting, fast-paced, and unique office environment, acting as both a curatorial voice and a programmatic cornerstone in a vibrant and ambitious organization.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

* Work closely with Performa’s Chief Curator, Producing Director, and curatorial colleagues to develop and deliver the acclaimed Performa Biennial, stand-alone projects, touring programs and special events.
* Research, propose, develop and commission a curatorial program or set of projects that will be developed over a two-year period and produced and presented as part of the Performa Biennial.
* Enthusiastically work with artists throughout the commissioning and production process and provide overview and context, historic reference, or criticism¬ as necessary.
* Work collaboratively with artists and producers to carefully consider the potential production methods, venues and locations, performers, partners, and technical staffing for the project and the best way to frame and provide context for each commission within the larger biennial program.
* Contribute to our year-round Performa Institute initiatives, traveling exhibitions, and programs.
* Avidly conduct research, make studio visits, and develop and maintain relationships with artists of interest on behalf of the organization.
* Be involved in our ongoing art historical research by attending live performance and tracking international developments in the field.
* Contribute to the lecturing, teaching, publishing, archiving, and content distribution activities of Performa.
* Assist with program-relevant fundraising by working with colleagues to identify potential funding sources and cultivate and nurture relationships with the Performa Board of Directors, donors, and current and potential foundation supporters.
* On behalf of Performa, engage with other organizations, institutions, curators, and producers to form collaborative partnerships to develop and produce projects and programs.
* Participate in marketing and PR activities.
* Participate as an integral part of the management, mentoring, and training of our Mellon Curatorial Fellows and junior curatorial staff.

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must have a minimum of five years of professional work experience as a curator, a Master’s degree in Art History or a related field, or equivalent experience and knowledge, and have a broad understanding of modern and contemporary art across media, the history of avant-garde theater, dance, film, music, architecture, and design. Ideally, applicants will already understand the needs of artists working live.

HOW TO APPLY

To be considered for this position, please submit a current CV, a cover letter of introduction, and three references to jobs@performa-arts.org. Please be sure that your email subject line reads,  “Curator / Associate Curator."

MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER

The Major Gifts Officer will provide targeted and effective donor solicitation, stewardship, and cultivation to successfully build resources from individual donors in support of Performa's mission. The position works closely with both staff and Board to strengthen and expand programmatic and general operating support from individuals through project support, Circle membership, and special events. The Major Gifts Officer reports to the Founding Director, and works closely with the Producing Director and General Manager to support Performa's small development team on all high-level donor cultivation and solicitation and the expansion of the Board of Directors.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

* Develop and coordinate a strategic and comprehensive plan to increase giving from major donors ($20,000+) that will support the operating and project needs of the institution for the present and the long term.
* Aggressively direct the implementation of Performa's fundraising from individuals, including the implementation of a moves management system to track prospects, from identification to closure. Key initiatives include the ongoing research, identification, and cultivation of individual donors, with particular focus on accessing new constituencies and major gift development, helping to build the Circles and Commissioning Council, securing individual support for projects and the Biennial, an increased emphasis on the effective stewardship of donors, and the productive use of research and data.
* Consistently meet with donors and qualified prospects; build and improve Performa's relationships with these individuals.
* Achieve or exceed annual financial goals for major gifts. For FY18-19, this includes increasing Circles membership, in conjunction with Manager of Individual Giving, increasing Board leadership, and increasing all other individual gifts.
* In conjunction with senior staff, our Manager of Individual Giving, and our gala consultant, achieve or exceed the annual Gala net financial goal.
* Work closely with staff and Board to maximize the effectiveness of Performa's cultivation events in order to increase revenue and help attract, retain, and steward donors.
* Prepare financial projections and revenue reports related to individual giving as requested.
* Serve as a resource to the Curatorial and Marketing teams in the design of marketable and fundable programs, and help secure new sources of funds for these programs; foster ongoing, collegial communications among the development department and other departments of the organization and the Board, and help integrate fundraising into the culture of Performa.


SALARY AND TERMS

Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time permanent position with benefits. 

QUALIFICATIONS

To be considered, candidate must possess a bachelor's degree in a related field. Candidate must also possess demonstrable expertise in all the areas of responsibilities as described above, including proven development and fundraising experience in a non-profit arts organization. Candidate must possess strong interpersonal and motivational skills, a predilection for organization, superior communication skills - both written and oral, and a concrete understanding of tact and discretion. Knowledge of contact management systems, databases, research or other donor relations tools is necessary, as are superior skills working with spreadsheets, donor relationship software and word processing systems. An interest and/or experience in both pursuing and soliciting both international and city government contacts is desirable.

HOW TO APPLY

​To be considered, please submit a cover letter of interest to the attention of RoseLee Goldberg and a current résumé with at least three references to https://performainc.formstack.com/forms/application_major_gifts_officer

ANDREW W. MELLON CURATORIAL FELLOW

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
context.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• 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.

QUALIFICATIONS

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.

HOW TO APPLY

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