We seek an exceptional communicator and scholar to oversee our curatorial program in the Arts of Africa. The successful candidate will be an engaged curator/scholar with a commitment to our mission and have a proven ability to conceptualize original, canon-expanding, and timely collection and loan exhibitions.
The Curator, African Art plays a key leadership role on our curatorial team and serves as an institutional ambassador, actively engaging with collectors and patrons, professional colleagues, partner institutions, and communities in Africa and in Brooklyn. This is an exceptional and timely opportunity: we are currently in the planning stages to establish a new, permanent gallery dedicated to our renowned collection of African artworks, and have already raised significant support for this project.
The Brooklyn Museum has one of the largest collections of African art in the United States, numbering over 5,000 objects and works of art. The collection focuses primarily on historic works from Western and Central Africa, with additions from Southern and Eastern Africa, and includes some contemporary art from across the continent. The Museum’s groundbreaking 1923 display of 1,500 works remains one of the largest exhibition of African art ever mounted. The collection offers many opportunities for scholarship, reinterpretation, and innovative display.