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Director of Curation

Art is a vehicle for stories. It is an opportunity to connect with something outside of ourselves: a historical moment, a personal moment, a challenging idea, a feeling that we can’t quite articulate.

Art is coded in a visual language, and it often speaks softly. The role of the curator is to increase the experiential value of the work, by elevating its message, situating it and its author in a context within which its meaning becomes clearer, louder, and more impactful to an audience.

Electric Objects offers artists a direct and immediate connection into the homes of a large global audience. That immediacy is unique to our platform, and empowers the artist and curator to connect with what is happening right now.

Our curatorial mission at Electric Objects is to help people build meaningful emotional connections to art by shining a light on artists past and present who offer a message that resonates with our audience today.

Your job will be to find stories to tell through the most extraordinary works of art from history and the future. You will commission artists whose work does not yet exist, work that interrogates the very technology that makes Electric Objects possible, and identify historical artworks that carry a timeless meaning still relevant to our world today.

This role requires deep thoughtfulness about the history of art, a nose for what’s happening in the world right now, and a sense for how art can respond to it, quickly.

The Director of Curation is responsible for setting and leading the editorial and curatorial strategy for the company. This is a Director level position and it reports to the CEO.

Here's what you'll do:

  • You will oversee the editorial and curatorial direction and operations for all original and pre-existing art that we produce.
  • You will set the direction for our commissions program and art partnerships. In 2016 we will spend over $100,000 commissioning new art for Electric Objects.
  • You will set the annual budget for art at Electric Objects, hire and build a team of capable curators, writers, and editors, and represent art/editorial strategy at the executive level of the company.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • You have 5-8+ years of experience in art curation, writing, and/or editing.
  • You are an excellent writer.
  • You have seen how different organizations work, and have built and led teams around complex creative projects.
  • You are as operationally savvy as you are creative, and you have a bias to action. You like moving quickly.
  • You have experience working with artists to create new art.
  • You have a passion for and interest in the history and future of art, and you enjoy connecting your work to conversations happening in the present.
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