Curator - Islamic Art

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The Met has long been recognized as having one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Islamic art in the world. The Department of Islamic Art has been at the forefront of advancing the field with its first large installation of ten galleries which opened in 1975, and the reworked spaces installed in 2011, now marking their 10th anniversary. During that period the collection has grown considerably and continues to evolve.

You are an established and experienced scholar in the art and architecture of the Islamic world between 650-1250 C.E., with a good knowledge of Arabic as a language and of historical, literary, and documentary sources in Arabic, as well as a broad view of Arabic-speaking cultures and networks of exchange that includes the Western Mediterranean, parts of Africa and the wider Indian Ocean throughout history to the present.

Responsibility for the study, exhibition, and publication of objects from the department’s collection in scholarly volumes, exhibition catalogues, digital platforms and other sites.
Make new acquisitions of art and related items for the collection.
Organize path breaking exhibitions that create new knowledge, introduce works to new audiences, and help redefine an artist, period, or works of art.
Develop and maintain good working relationships with donors, trustees, and colleagues from other institutions in the U.S. and abroad as well as with the scholarly community dealers and collection; actively cultivate potential sponsors, including departmental support groups.
Respond to correspondence relating to the collection and assist the public and visiting scholars; work with scholars throughout the field to expand the collection’s narrative.
Collaborate with colleagues throughout the Museum and the broader field of art history on related projects and programs.
Outreach to communities and audiences, travel to the regions involved, and engagement with digital platforms.

Ph.D in Islamic art history required with a specialization in the art and history of the Islamic world between 650 – 1250 C.E. or a related era.
Ten to fifteen years curatorial or academic experience in early Islamic Art, from 650-1250 C.E., with a particular emphasis on Arab cultures, or a related topic
Competency in Arabic, both as a language and with exposure to literary and historical sources.
Demonstrated scholarly achievement through publications or exhibitions and/or exhibition catalogues.
International applicants with degrees from institutions outside the U.S. are welcome

Pay Range: $110K - $150K/year
The advertised pay scale reflects the good faith minimum and maximum salary range for this role. The advertised pay scale is not a promise of a particular wage for any specific employee. The specific compensation offered to a candidate may be dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, education, special licensing or qualifications, and other factors.

Location Requirements
At time of employment, employees are expected to be located within commuting distance of the Museum. “Commuting distance” means that they are located in one of following states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania (the “Tri-state and PA” areas), and be able to commute to and from the Museum in a single day.

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