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Calder Foundation: Archivist / Researcher

The Calder Foundation, a nonprofit institution dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, preserving, and interpreting the art and archives of the twentieth-century artist Alexander Calder, is seeking a full-time Archivist / Researcher. The Archivist / Researcher is instrumental to the Foundation in providing access to materials and promoting use of the archive. This position reports to and works in close collaboration with the Director of Archives.

Since 1987, the Calder Foundation has amassed and organized an exhaustive archive on the artist and his work. The archive consists of over 130,000 documents, 26,000 photographs, dozens of films, and thousands of press clippings, articles, and publications. At the core of this archive are Calder’s own personal documents and photographs. The Foundation continually researches and classifies information on more than 22,000 works created by Calder, physically examines works attributed to the artist, collaborates with scholars and curators on publications and exhibitions, and facilitates loans of works to major institutions worldwide.

Responsibilities include:

• maintaining the Foundation’s physical archive, filing, organizing and preserving materials, generating find aids, and ordering archival supplies

• classifying and cataloguing archival materials and conducting related research

• creating, editing, and standardizing entries in the Foundation’s databases for works of art, historical photographs, and reference materials

• supporting the Foundation’s staff by answering reference questions, providing access to materials and research assistance as requested

• requesting information and archival materials from various institutions

• reviewing websites for related materials to document or acquire

• assisting with the research and preparation of archival materials and content for publications, online initiatives, and loans to exhibitions

• assisting with the planning and implementation of digitizing archival collections and assisting with the maintenance and organization of the digital archive

• digitizing archival materials and images as needed

• responding to requests and processing applications to register artworks attributed to the artist

• providing administrative support as needed

• training and supervising interns


Requirements and Qualifications:

• a keen interest in the artist and the Foundation’s mission

• minimum 5 years of experience working with archival collections, preferably at an arts organization • working knowledge of standards and best practices in archival preservation, handling, and storage needs

• demonstrated initiative and experience moving projects from evaluation and conception to implementation and completion

• experience with archival digitization and recent technologies, image scanning and editing (Photoshop)

• knowledge of twentieth-century art and art historical research methodologies and research experience

• reading knowledge of French is preferred

• proficiency with Macs and FileMaker Pro

• ability to lift heavy boxes

• working hours: M–F 10­a–6p, onsite office hours are required (New York City)

The Foundation is a small institution engaged in a variety of projects. The successful candidate will be comfortable juggling daily responsibilities along with time-sensitive projects, take pride and pleasure in being highly organized and detail-oriented, have excellent communication, research and analytic skills, and must possess a sense of humor. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply, please email your resume with a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications to resume@calder.org.

Only prospective candidates will be contacted. Please do not email or call with questions or other solicitations.

Deadline: February 5, 2021

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