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Senior Registrar, Exhibitions
Senior Registrar, Exhibitions
Post Date: 10 Nov 2022



PS1 seeks an experienced, dynamic Senior Registrar to oversee the registration responsibilities for the planning, documentation and logistics surrounding a robust program of loans, exhibitions, and installations at MoMA PS1. The Senior Registrar monitors fine art holdings at the museum at all times, and implements policies and procedures to support the fine art loan program at the museum and ensure that best museum practices are being maintained.


This position reports to the Director of Program Production, works collaboratively across all museum departments including Programs, Curatorial, Communications, Development, Visitor Engagement, Operations, Administration and Exhibition and Production Design staff, as well as with lenders, conservators, artists, couriers, and other artistic collaborators. The Senior Registrar supervises and manages regularly scheduled contractual registrars. In collaboration with the Exhibition and Production Designer, the Senior Registrar guides a team of seasonal gallery installation staff.


● Coordinate and manage all logistical arrangements pertaining to transportation, customs clearance, booking transports and requesting/comparing shipping estimates, packing, and courier needs for borrowed artworks.

● Develop and oversee registration budgets by creating initial estimates, processing and tracking expenses, and reporting regularly on budgets related to each exhibition.

● Issue all loan agreements and review/negotiate lender terms and requirements of agreements in collaboration with the Director of Program Production, Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, MoMA Legal team and insurance agent.

● Plan all install and deinstall schedules in collaboration with the Director of Program Production and Exhibition and Production Designer; consider staffing levels for art handler needs, contract registrar assignments, artists on-site, couriers, conservators, shipping deadlines and curatorial priorities.

● Adhere to the industry’s best practices for art handling, movement, installation, storage, condition reporting, data management, packing and shipping.

● Create and maintain all condition report documents and images.

● Work across museum departments to implement security protocols and floorplans as they pertain to art object safety; communicate and educate staff on art safety; maintain and distribute reference photos of each exhibition to share with front-line staff.

● Liaise with relevant departments to help maintain the incoming and outgoing shipping schedule for the museum.

● Function as the on-site and off-site storage liaison and maintain inventories, exhibition data, coordinate deliveries, track insurance values, and issue COIs for artwork on and off-site.

● Maintain fine art insurance policy including annual renewal, tracking insurance holdings, obtaining COIs and liaising with insurance agent for input as needed.

● Collaborate with MoMA’s CEMS team to customize templates for MoMA PS1.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

● Minimum of 5 years relevant experience managing exhibitions with responsibility for logistical arrangements pertaining to packing, transportation, customs clearance, and courier needs, for complex exhibitions involving foreign and domestic loans.

● Attention to detail, with ability to prioritize and manage time effectively, multitask, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing deadlines.

● Experience developing, managing and overseeing registration budgets.

● Knowledge of standard museum loan and registration practices and understanding of fine arts insurance .

● Experience with art handling, transportation, and knowledge of best practices.

● Familiarity with exhibition installation and experience with management, supervision, and guidance of skilled teams.

● Strong verbal and written communication skills, effective and professional negotiating skills, strong interpersonal skills, discretion and diplomacy.

● Proficient with museum databases systems (TMS preferred) and experience working in Microsoft and Google environments.

● Ability to work collaboratively across museum departments and to understand the goals of a small curatorial and program support team in formulating and implementing an ambitious program of temporary exhibitions.

● Ability to maintain a professional and positive attitude in a fast-paced environment.

● Availability after hours to respond to art incidents during off-hours.


Salary range $68,000-$72,000 and is commensurate with experience. Benefits include 20 days paid vacation leave, 10 days paid sick leave, 10 paid holidays and 3 paid personal days, participation in the Museum’s 401(k), life insurance, medical/health (including visual and dental) and a defined benefit pension plan.


Applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter here.

COVID-19 considerations: Candidates must be vaccinated for Covid-19

Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at PS1.

MoMA PS1 is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

Be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open positions.


New York, USA

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