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Application Deadline

31 MAY 2022



Located in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario (“the AGO”) is one of the largest art museums in North America, with a collection of close to 100,000 works. Through the collection as well as collaborations with leading museums around the world, the AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs to more than 1 million visitors annually. Focused on delivering content of exceptional quality and contemporary relevance, the AGO is deepening relationships with existing members and visitors, attracting new and diverse audiences, and strengthening its recognition on a global scale. With an operating budget of over $60 million, over 500 employees, and 400 volunteers, the AGO continues to build a high-performance culture as an employer-of-choice, with strong staff and volunteer satisfaction and engagement aligned to the AGO’s compelling mission to bring art and people together to see, experience and understand the world in new ways.

We are currently seeking a regular full-time, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art to join our Curatorial-Contemporary Art team. Under the direction of the Carol & Morton Rapp Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art, the incumbent will assist the Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art in building, presenting and documenting the permanent contemporary collection and in the creation and execution of permanent collection exhibitions.  He/She/They will coordinate, organize, and assist the development and installation of special and touring exhibitions. Assists in the identification and research of significant tendencies, issues and opportunities in the field of contemporary art and fosters public understanding of art as a vital social and cultural force. Contributes to the achievement of the AGO’s strategic goals as a leading presenter of contemporary art internationally. Assists in performing the daily and on-going operations of the department.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications, skills, and experience:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of art history with expertise in Contemporary Art from an international perspective.
  • MA in art history, curatorial studies, museum practice with emphasis in Contemporary art or equivalent.
  • Experience working with artists and all aspects of exhibition production, such as Knowledge of the installation process for complex works of art.
  • Three years working in a Curatorial department or relevant experience. Curatorial experience in collecting museums an asset.
  • Well-developed organizational, interpersonal, and public relations skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent writing, editorial and research skills; ability to publish scholarly material on area of expertise.
  • Experience in publishing and exhibition catalogue making.
  • Demonstrated commitment to teamwork as a means to effectively communicate and utilize available resources and experience working effectively with team members.
  • Demonstrated experience in speaking and writing about art to specialized audiences and more broadly based audiences.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with a variety of computer software packages (e.g. Microsoft Office, etc.)
  • Familiarity with museum operations, collections databases (such as TMS) considered an asset
  • Experience with large-scale exhibition planning an asset, including both museum exhibitions and international biennials.
  • Foreign languages capability where relevant.