Associate Curator Oceanic Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world’s finest museums, seeks an Evelyn A. J. Hall and John A. Friede Associate Curator for Oceanic Art who will be a full-time member of the curatorial team of the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing in charge of the Oceanic collection.  In that role, they will be responsible for all aspects of curatorial work including:  recommending acquisitions; the care, study, interpretation, and publication of the collections; developing special exhibitions; cultivating donors; engaging with the academic community; and forging relevant relationships with cultural institutions and organizations in Australia, New Zealand, and across the Pacific.



  • Plan and oversee updating of gallery installations of the permanent collection, including the selection of art works and writing of didactic content

  • Research and recommend acquisitions and develop a list of gaps in the existing collection to be filled

  • Cultivate strong institutional relations with private collectors of Oceanic art

  • Develop collaborative projects that engage specialist researchers with MMA's collection

  • Propose and undertake publications relating to the permanent collection

  • Review, revise, and expand collection object files and records

  • Propose and develop special exhibitions and related publications

  • Work with Education Department to develop public programming relating to the collection for general audiences and those with a specialist interest

  • Collaborate with other AAOA curators in developing cross-departmental projects including exhibitions

  • Promote the importance of the collection and represent the field internationally through institutional collaborations, exhibitions, and lectures

  • Engagement and awareness of cultural patrimony issues

  • Other related duties



Experience and Skills:

  • Advanced experience in curatorial work in an institution with a significant collection of Oceanic art

  • Recognition in the field with a record of publications 

  • Ability to work effectively with curatorial and administrative colleagues in implementing programs and executing projects such as special exhibitions

  • Commitment to scholarship and publications

  • Minimum seven years experience in a museum or academic institution

Knowledge and Education:

  • Ph.D. in Art History and/or Archaeology

  • Fluent German and French desirable


Application Deadline: Until Filled

Evelyn A. J. Hall and John A. Friede Associate Curator for Oceanic Art is a full-time position and includes full benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Send cover letter, indicating position of interest, resume, and salary history to:

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