The listing below is advertising a vacancy for a Curator, European Glass - at Corning Museum of Glass - Corning, New York
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CURATOR, EUROPEAN GLASS
CORNING MUSEUM OF GLASS
The Corning Museum of Glass is a 225,000 square foot complex dedicated to the art, science, crafting and scholarship of glass. It is the repository for 45,000 objects, the world’s largest collection of glass.
The Corning collection encompasses glassmaking from antiquity to the present day, representing every country and historical period in which glassmaking was practiced. The European collection on exhibit is divided into four special areas: Early Northern European Glass; The Rise of Venetian Glassmaking; Glass in 17th to 19th Century Europe; and 19th Century European Glass. A comprehensive collection of paperweights adds a unique dimension to the European collection.
The Museum mounts up to five special exhibitions annually. Recent European glass exhibitions include East Meets West: Cross Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th and 19th Century and Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes and Peasants.
With such vast holdings, Corning receives loan requests from institutions throughout the world. The Museum’s famous Conservation Department oversees the condition and preservation of every glass object in the collection or loaned for exhibit.
253 European glass objects were added to the collection in 2010 and 2011. Among the treasures added to the European collection in 2011 is a Prophyry vase made in Germany in 1810 designed by Friedrich David Gilly and Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
The Rakow Research Library, a free-standing building on the Museum campus is considered the world’s library of record on glass. The library holds hundreds of thousands of research items in more than 40 languages. The extraordinary resources of the library provide a unique foundation for scholarly research and publications.
The Corning Museum of Glass operates with a budget of $40 million and has a full-time staff of 140. The acquisition budget provides ample funds annually for significant additions to the collections.
The Curator of European Glass reports to the Director and is a member of the Director’s senior staff. S/he works closely with the curatorial, collections, conservation and education department staffs and is responsible for the acquisition, exhibition, cataloguing and research of CMoG’s European glass collection.
- Developing and implementing special exhibitions of European glass; overseeing the exhibition areas in the galleries pertaining to European glass, including displays and copy for labels
- Recommending acquisitions of glass and glass-related material such as books, periodicals and photographs of European glass; consulting with private collectors for loans or gifts to the Museum; working with the Registrarial and Conservation Departments to ensure the appropriateness, safety and condition of all loans to and from the Museum
- Cataloging the collection of European glass; assisting in periodic surveys and inventories of the collection Lecturing at the CMoG’s Annual Seminar on Glass as it relates to European glass and to other museum groups, as appropriate
- Responding to all inquiries about European glass
- Pursuing original research in the field, writing catalogs, articles and other materials for CMoG and other publications
The successful candidate will have at least five years of curatorial and collections experience in progressively senior positions at an art museum with a significant collection and strong curatorial program in European art. S/he must have a Master’s degree in art history or related field (PhD preferred) and a publications record is desirable. In-depth knowledge of medieval art or European decorative arts is required. Knowledge of glass is desirable. The successful candidate should have reading knowledge of at least two European languages.
Corning is an historic and artistic town in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region in New York State, convenient to the educational and cultural resources of Rochester and Syracuse as well as Cornell University in Ithaca. Corning is just a few hours from New York and Toronto and is served by daily flights to major US cities out of the Elmira/Corning regional airport. Public and private schools in the area are high-performing and well supported; cost of living is lower than the New York State average.
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