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Published on May 2, 2022

Curator of Indigenous Art

The Museum

With an impressive list of awards for its originality and leadership, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) continues to expand and is highly regarded within the cultural milieu. Its innovatively designed exhibitions that combine artistic disciplines are exported to the four corners of the globe. In carrying out its educational and cultural programs, the Museum is able to draw from a rich collection of artworks, and collaborates with a multitude of partners in its efforts to teach, inspire and propose relevant solutions to today’s social issues. At once a hub for the arts, a laboratory welcoming a wide variety of research initiatives, and a museum with strong social values, the MMFA is constantly evolving as it keeps pace with our dynamic city. It is a leading museum in North America.

The team

The Museum’s outstanding success is made possible by the talent and expertise of nearly 300 employees and 300 volunteers who are dedicated to its mission. Hailing from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds, the members of this impressive team reflect Montreal in all its creative energy and its rich tapestry of cultures. These individuals identify with the MMFA’s values and continuously strive to raise the institution’s profile and uphold its standard of excellence. The Curatorial Department encompasses several areas: archaeology and world cultures, early, Modern and Contemporary international art, Quebec and Canadian art, decorative arts and design, and photography and graphic arts. This diversity of expertise has fostered the establishment of a transdisciplinary team approach among its curators.

The challenge

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is seeking someone to fill the position of Curator of Indigenous Art (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit). Reporting to the Chief Curator, this person will establish and guide the orientation of the collection of Indigenous artworks with the aim of promoting this collection within the community as well as across Montreal, Quebec, Canada and internationally.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Establishing the orientation of the Indigenous art collection in accordance with the MMFA’s priorities.
  • Developing and overseeing the acquisition program for Indigenous art by carrying out the necessary research and steps.
  • Developing and promoting the exhibition program dedicated to Indigenous art.
  • Proposing themes for Indigenous art exhibitions by conducting research and curating objects while collaborating with exhibition production experts.
  • Writing articles for exhibition catalogues and other publications, as well as guides, research papers and various other cultural mediation documents.
  • Cultivating lasting partnerships with collectors and patrons, consultants, academics, prospective donors and organizations with the potential to support and enrich the collection.
  • Working in close collaboration with management and peers in the Conservation Department, as well as with members of the Museum’s other departments.
  • Recommending acquisitions of objects, books and documents for the purpose of enriching the archive and library collections and continuously improving research methods.
  • Making oral presentations both to the media and at conferences on the permanent collection or on themes related to their area of expertise during meetings or academic conferences.
  • Sharing knowledge with students, research professionals, Museum members and the general public.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • A master’s degree in art history or any other discipline deemed relevant.
  • At least four (4) years’ experience in a museum or art institution, including at least one (1) year of experience in research related to Indigenous art.
  • Extensive knowledge of Indigenous culture, issues, values and communities, as well as of Indigenous art associations and centres.
  • A passion for their area of expertise and a sustained interest in transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary subjects.
  • Excellent ability to work as part of a team, meet deadlines and adhere to the priorities set by the Museum and its partners.
  • Facility with academic writing and research in French or English.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in order to cultivate good and lasting relationships with donors.
  • Autonomy, ambition, curiosity, initiative and creativity.
  • Knowledge of French or English and preferably an Indigenous language.

Pursuant to its mission, the MMFA encourages diversity on its teams and invites candidates from all backgrounds with the required skills to apply. Please submit your application to emploi@mbamtl.org with the position title specified in the subject line of your email.

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