New York, NY 10019




Jan 16, 2020

The Museum of Modern Art is seeking a research fellow to support research on Asian art and architecture, with a primary focus on Southeast Asia and its diasporas, for The Museum of Modern Arts’ Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) initiative. Led by the chief curator of Media and Performance and the associate curator of Architecture of Design and comprised of MoMA staff members, the Asia group will be concluding research on South Asia and beginning a focus on Southeast Asia, as part of a broader study of the convergence of practices, themes, and discourses in the art of Asia from the 20th-century to the present. Following the direction of the group leaders, and in consultation with International Program staff, the fellow plans, executes, and documents a lively program of seminars featuring international and domestic scholars at MoMA as well as group travel to Southeast Asia.


-Coordinates with the C-MAP group leaders and International Program on the implementation of a research plan and a program of visiting speakers at MoMA.
-Identifies artists, curators, and scholars relevant to research focus.
-Prepares for monthly C-MAP group meetings, including compiling relevant research materials, biographies, and meeting agendas in advance of the visits; corresponding with invited speakers; and maintaining records of contacts and activities.
-Plans and coordinates group travel, both domestic and international, with detailed itineraries of visits to cultural institutions, artists’ studios, collections, etc., which involves booking flights, coordinating transportation, hotels, dinners, and meetings; attends group trips.
-Assists in the organization of and participates in joint symposia organized with the other C-MAP groups.
-Works closely with the International Program’s associate director and C-MAP coordinator, other C-MAP fellows, Editorial Board, and Museum staff to commission texts for and oversee the content development for the post web platform (post.at.moma.org).With C-MAP coordinator and associate director in the International Program, reports on C-MAP group activities to funders.
-Researches and keeps C-MAP teams and group members informed about relevant exhibitions and events related to the group’s area of focus.
-Supports other Museum research activities related to C-MAP group focus, as needed.


Master’s degree in art history, cultural studies, and/or a related field in the humanities (or the equivalent in countries outside the United States). Specialized knowledge of art in Southeast and South Asia. M. Phil or PhD candidates preferred. Independent curators or researchers with strong expertise in the areas of study will also be considered.

Strong knowledge of 20th- and 21st-century art history within a transnational context and additional knowledge of art history in other contexts including, but not limited to, Near and Middle East, and/or the Indian Ocean territories preferred.

Demonstrated research and writing capabilities; excellent communication, interpersonal skills and ability to work in teams; strong administrative experience and knowledge of basic organizational procedures required.Written and spoken fluency in one or more languages of Southeast Asia preferred. Familiarity with travel and artistic centers in Southeast and South Asia preferred.

This is an 18 months grant-funded position.