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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation: The Vladimir Potanin Conservation Fellowship

The Conservation Department at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is accepting applications for The Vladimir Potanin Conservation Fellowship. The Fellowship would provide one outstanding Russian-speaking conservation professional who is interested in modern and contemporary art conservation, with the special opportunity to become deeply involved in the work of the Guggenheim, and to consider—through first-hand experience—the role of conservation in an increasingly global world. The fellowship would last for twelve to eighteen months, during which time the Potanin Fellow would work alongside and learn conservation techniques from the staff at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

The Fellow would contribute to exhibitions in various stages of development and to collection research, as well as to projects in accordance with each museum’s departmental priorities and the Fellow’s own background and interests. The Fellow would work closely with our conservators to lend support and participate in the documentation, preparation and installation of contemporary exhibitions at the museum, conduct an in-depth research project with the potential for publishing findings in collaboration with staff conservators/supervisors, and work together with conservators to prepare loans and traveling exhibitions.

Key Responsibilities:
In conjunction with and under the supervision of Guggenheim conservators, the Fellow would have the opportunity to do the following:

  • Conduct research and treatment
  • Work with scientists and curators to make appropriate decisions regarding treatment and long-term care of the collection
  • Interview artists to process new acquisitions and discuss long-term preservation methods and variable parameters
  • Explore new technologies and issues of obsolescence
  • Design and construct appropriate housing for storage
  • Liaise and collaborate with curators, exhibition designers, framers, the art services and preparation departments, and the registrars with regard to loans, exhibitions, storage and transport
  • Attend exhibition implementation meetings and participate in related activities and treatments to prepare objects/paintings for exhibition
  • Participate in discussions regarding preventive conservation, including environmental controls, periodic assessment of collections and emergency preparedness, response and recovery
  • Contribute to presentations to patrons and the public to elucidate the study and preservation of material culture and its importance
  • Work with young students and interns who are interested in the synergy between art and science

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • The successful candidate should speak and write fluently in English and is required to speak Russian.
  • Hold an advanced degree in art conservation/or equivalent degree
  • Demonstrate an interest and some knowledge of modern and contemporary art
  • Have excellent hand skills, knowledge of analytical techniques, an interest in conducting in-depth research
  • Demonstrate critical thought about innovation and the future of the conservation field.

Application deadline: March 1, 2021
Fellowship start date: September, 2021
Full-time, 40 hours/week

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods.  The Guggenheim realizes this mission through exceptional exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications.  The Guggenheim strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its unique network of museums and partnerships.  The Foundation is committed to nurturing an equitable, inclusive, and accessible work culture and promoting diversity among staff and visitors. With nearly three million annual visitors worldwide, the Guggenheim and its network is one of the most visited cultural institutions in the world.

The Guggenheim offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and retirement plan coverage.  Our staff also enjoys generous vacation, sick leave and personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.


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