Job Opening Title: Catalogue Raisonné Researcher (Exhibition History/Bibliography)
Employer Name: Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
Job Location: West Village, New York City
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Years of experience required: 2-3
Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Catalogue Raisonné Researcher (Exhibition History/Bibliography)
The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation is looking to hire a researcher to join a team dedicated to compiling the comprehensive catalogue raisonné of the art of Roy Lichtenstein. The researcher will work under the direction of the Director of the Roy Lichtenstein Catalogue Raisonné to review, research and organize the Foundation’s exhibition records, to provide outreach to museums and galleries for historical documentation, to review bibliographic information, and to update the catalogue raisonné database accordingly.
The position will require coordination with the departments of the Foundation, including the Archives and Collection Management staff, as well as the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Experience with databases and other digital asset management systems required.
As the Foundation has announced its eventual sunset, the lifespan of this position is expected to run 2-3 years.
• Review, research, and organize the Foundation’s exhibition files
• Outreach to museums and galleries for documentation related to the Foundation’s exhibition files; requests for photographs, checklists, scans of exhibition catalogue pages, and other documentation
• Input documentation into the Foundation’s database, panOpticon, following specific format and style guidelines
• Review bibliographic information for the catalogue raisonné
• Coordinate with various departments at the Foundation, including Archives, Collection Management, and the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
• Other assigned duties as required
• Master of Library and Information Sciences or Archival Studies from an ALA-accredited institution
• Minimum 2-3 years of research related experience at an archival repository or museum with a focus on exhibition history
• No catalogue raisonné experience needed, but familiarity of 20th and 21st century art history necessary
• Knowledge of artists’ archives and museum archival records
• Practical knowledge of archival theory and best practices
• Exceptional research skills
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Highly organized and detail-oriented
• Ability to work independently and meet deadlines, as well as manage multiple projects simultaneously
• Strong interpersonal skills to work collaboratively across an inter-departmental and institutional structure (with Foundation and Estate employees)
• Responsible for using and maintaining dynamic database and library collections management systems, and a basic understanding of Microsoft Office Suite
• Ability to lift materials weighing up to 30lbs
• Demonstrate a commitment to continued professional growth and development
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a full-time position set for 4 days a week. The Foundation has a competitive pay scale with excellent benefits.
The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation is in the West Village of New York City.
About the Foundation:
The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation was chartered as a Private Operating Foundation in 1998, primarily to facilitate public access to the work of Roy Lichtenstein and the art and artists of his time; to create a catalogue raisonné of all known Lichtenstein works; and to share information which could assist the development and education of the next generation of curators, critics and scholars relating to the life and professional career of Roy Lichtenstein.
In 2018 the Foundation announced the launch of two comprehensive, long-term collaborations: the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art, Washington, DC, aimed at facilitating public access to the art and history of Roy Lichtenstein as to the art of mid-to-late twentieth century art.
Since its beginning in 1999, the Foundation has been systematically incorporating all Roy Lichtenstein studio records, dealer and auction records, and any other source materials to compile the comprehensive catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work. This catalogue will illustrate every confirmed work and publish, in chronological order, all known paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, commissions and other artworks by Roy Lichtenstein. The artist produced approximately 5,000 works during his lifetime (not counting the full edition runs of prints or multiples). The entire Roy Lichtenstein catalogue raisonné will be published online; a special print publication will follow. A first publicly accessible presentation of basic information can be found on our temporary catalogue website: www.imageduplicator.com.
Starting Date: November 12, 2019. Open until filled. If interested, please email a resume, cover letter and two references. Include the position title in the subject line and email