Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice has since expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened 1997) and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (currently in development).
The Conservation Department at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is currently accepting applications for the Vladimir Potanin Conservation Fellowship. The fellowship will provide one outstanding Russian-speaking conservation professional who is interested in modern and contemporary art conservation with the 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.
In conjunction with and under the supervision of Guggenheim conservators, the fellow will have the opportunity to 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; 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, exhibition, storage and transport; attend exhibition implementation meetings and participate in related activities; 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; and work with young students and interns who are interested in the synergy between art and science.
The successful candidate will speak and write fluently in English and is required to speak Russian. The candidate also should 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, and an interest in conducting in-depth research; and demonstrate critical thought about innovation and the future of the conservation field.
The fellowship is expected last for twelve to eighteen months, with a start date in January 2020. The fellow will be expected to work full-time, forty hours a week.
For more information, see the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum website.