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Friday, May 30, 2014

(Contract) Cataloguer, The Jewish Museum (NY)

Cataloguer, The Jewish Museum – NY

As part of a potential large-scale digitization project, the Jewish Museum is seeking a Cataloguer for a one-year position with the possibility of renewal. Under the supervision of the Collections Manager, the Cataloguer is responsible for cataloguing objects in the Permanent Collection including works of fine and decorative arts, ceremonial Judaica, archaeological artifacts, and new media. The position requires demonstrated ability to catalogue objects and conduct art-historical research, resolute concentration, careful handling of art objects, attention to detail, and accuracy in data entry and proof-reading.

• Catalogue objects in the Permanent Collection— examine works that have been accessioned by the Collections Manager; precisely measure objects; identify parts and accessories; recognize materials; write accurate condition reports; and locate and note signature, inscriptions, markings, and labels.
• In consultation with Curators and Collections Manager, research museum records and other primary and secondary sources to establish accurate acquisition information, artist/maker’s biography, object date and titles, ex-collections/provenance, published references, and exhibition history.
• Correspond with artists/makers, donors, dealers, vendors, auction houses, and galleries to ascertain or verify information about the object.
• Create and update files and documentation for all objects in the collection including archival object files, conservation reports, and historic records.
• Maintain digital records for all objects in TMS by adding cataloguing information and new research, tracking locations, updating exhibition history, etc.
• Work to identify problematic object records and help resolve numbering discrepancies.
• Help Collections Manager prepare or proof-read label copy for exhibitions, publications, website, education, development and other purposes, as needed.
• As part of the Collections Management team, work on other projects as necessary such caring for objects in storage, paint or sew numbers on objects, facilitating scholar visits, helping during photo shoots, participating in inventories of the collection as needed, etc.
Job Qualifications:
• Master’s Degree in Art History, Museum Studies, or equivalent
• Demonstrated ability to catalogue objects and conduct art-historical research
• Strong research skills and familiarity with metadata and cataloguing standards
• Strong computer skills including working knowledge of TMS
• Art handling experience and preventive conservation knowledge required
• Knowledge of foreign language(s) helpful

Application Instructions
Send Resume with Cover Letter To:
Director of Human Resources
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128
Fax: 212-423-3232, Email:
The Jewish Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer