The Curator of Korean Art provides strong leadership in the research, interpretation, presentation and development of the museum’s art collections. Performing complex professional curatorial work, the Curator collaborates with multiple museum departments to further research and development of collections, as well as plan exhibitions, publications, and programs with a focus on Korean art and art connected to Korean heritage and culture. The Curator may supervise and collaborate with
Assistant/Associate Curators, Interns, and Volunteers as funding and/or business needs allow.
- Sets the direction and goals for the Korean Art department in alignment with the vision described by the Director of the museum and as implemented by the Deputy Director, Art & Programs.
- Identifies, classifies, describes, and interprets artworks from Korea for exhibition and addition to the collection; searches for and makes recommendations for donated, bequeathed, or purchased acquisitions; evaluates and recommends works for temporary loan to the museum and from the museum’s Korean art collection.
- Collaborates with the Head of Contemporary art to interpret recent works by Korean and Korean diasporic artists.
- Conducts research on Korean art in the museum collection; consults with other arts professionals on behalf of the museum to further our Korean relationships; identifies areas for potential
growth and focus as the collection, exhibition program, and presentation of Korean art is developed annually.
- Originates and organizes special exhibitions designed to meet the museum’s mission and vision with respect to Korean art and the San Francisco Bay Area audience.
- Recommends and supervises the adaptation of exhibitions organized by other institutions.
- Contributes to the planning and interpretation of gallery installations of the museum’s Korean art collection.
- Conducts independent research; prepares interpretive and informational labels and brochures; compiles catalogues and writes scholarly articles and monographs; authors in-house publications.
- Plans and organizes educational programming in conjunction with the Education department; conducts docent training.
- Communicates, bilingually when necessary, with scholars, specialists, patrons, and the public, to effectively represent the museum, its collections and programs, both in the museum and out in the community; accompanies special visitors on art storage tours; provides ideas, suggestions, opinions, and assistance to various museum support groups and individual donors.
- Participates in the planning and seeking of financial support for specialized curatorial activities; assists in the development of grant proposals as required; makes cultivation visits to potential donors (foundations or individuals) as needed.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Ph.D. in Art History with specialization in Korean art.
- Seven (7) years of professional work experience in a museum and/or related educational/research organization or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
- Scholarly standing and distinction among peers in the field including record of professional accomplishments and publications.
- Curatorial vision, passion, and excellence, and the intellectual innovation required to curate compelling exhibitions.
- Knowledge of current intellectual developments in the fields of Art History and Museum Studies.
- Advanced knowledge of the methods, techniques and procedures involved in the interpretation and exhibition of a museum collection and traveling collections of Asian art.
- English and Korean language proficiency for research and for presentation to the public.
- Ability to conduct original research that results in published scholarly materials in the field of specialization; attract, negotiate, and implement major exhibitions; lecture effectively.
- Ability to interpret the collections and to communicate knowledge relevant to the collection.
- Superb writing skills; must be able to write effectively for both general and scholarly audiences.
- Ability to interpret scholarly information to diverse audiences, to train docents and others.
- Advanced knowledge of museum management principles, supervision and practices.
- Ability to analyze complex administrative problems, evaluate alternative solutions and adopt effective courses of action; develop and manage budgets.
- Ability to work independently and to exercise initiative and good judgment; extremely reliable and dependable.
- Excellent managerial and interpersonal skills.
- Experience in planning, assigning, supervising, and evaluating the work of others.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, visitors, volunteers, donors, dealers, collectors, professional colleagues, and members of the museum community.
Standard office environment. Includes evening and weekend hours and travel as necessary.
All museum team members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (to be fully vaccinated, 14 days must have passed since the final dose of a two-shot vaccine, or a single dose of a one-shot vaccine was received) and provide proof, absent qualifying exemptions in accordance with applicable laws. Individuals receiving a conditional offer of employment from the museum will be provided a copy of the vaccination policy. For questions regarding this requirement, please e-mail: [email protected]
Located in the heart of San Francisco, the museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art, boasting more than 18,000 awe-inspiring artworks ranging from ancient jades and ceramics to contemporary video installations. Dynamic special exhibitions, cultural celebrations and public programs for all ages provide rich art experiences that unlock the past and spark questions about the future.