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Research Assistant for Textiles—Art

The Brooklyn Museum seeks a focused and detail-oriented Research Assistant for Textiles for a full-time two-year position to undertake cataloging, research, and reporting related to the Museum’s European and American textile collections. The candidate will work closely with the curators of Decorative Arts and Design to identify collection objects suitable for retention, display, and deaccession; write reports; prepare presentations; and conduct historical and art historical research. The Research Assistant will also aid in compiling possible institutions and auction houses for transfer of deaccessioned works.

A successful candidate must be detail-oriented and a creative thinker, with the ability to multitask. They should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, a demonstrated ability to be well organized, and superlative research skills. The candidate should have extensive coursework in textiles, knowledge of the history of textiles (especially eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European and American textiles), and experience handling textiles.

Since this position is research based, we expect the candidate to be able to conduct research independently and have knowledge of existing scholarly resources. Only applications that include a cover letter will be considered.

Qualifications

  • BA or BFA
  • Knowledge of in-house and online research methods, as well as other scholarly resources
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments at one time
  • Proficient in project and time management, setting schedules and meetings, and achieving deadlines

Preferred skills

  • MA, MFA, or equivalent, with specific expertise in European and American textiles
  • An understanding of textile materials and methods of production, especially eighteenth- and nineteenth-century examples
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Word and PowerPoint) and Google Workspace
  • Ability to work alone and collaboratively
  • One year of related research experience
  • Facility with collection management databases (e.g., TMS)

Responsibilities

  • Act as project liaison for the Decorative Arts and Design department on the research, potential retention, or disposal of the Museum’s collections of primarily eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European and American textiles
  • Work with Collections Management, Registration, Coordinator of Provenance, Conservation, and Curatorial to review collections
  • Conduct research on the collections using the Museum’s Libraries and Archives, as well as online and external sources, to prepare reports and justifications for retention or disposal
  • Prepare presentations for curatorial review and trustee meetings
  • Carry out independent scholarly research and draft textual summaries of findings
  • Reach out to institutions that hold objects or information related to each research project
  • Work independently and with Registration to arrange for disposal of deaccessioned works

Start date: October 1, 2023

Department: Decorative Arts and Design

Reports to: Senior Curator and Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts and Design

Position type: Full-time

Grade and salary: J - $57,630

Union status: Union—UAW Local 2110

FLSA status: Nonexempt

Schedule: 35 hours per week, Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm

Apply online.

If you have questions about our online application system, get in touch with us at job.application.questions@brooklynmuseum.org.

At the Brooklyn Museum, we value all types of experience. For us, a successful candidate has many of the qualities listed in our job postings, and the desire and capacity to learn the rest on the job. If much, but not all, of a job posting describes you, then we welcome your application.