Job ID: 2023-17607 Type: Temporary # of Openings: 1 Category: Arts and Museum Administration
The Princeton University Art Museum welcomes applications for a Project Registrar (Casual Hourly-Temporary) who will assist the Senior Collections Manager in preparing the collection for relocation during a multi-phased project associated with the opening of our dramatically reconceived Museum in 2025. The Art Museum anticipates that this hourly position will work during normal business hours, between four and five days per week, starting in August 2023 and continuing through June 2025. Under the supervision of the Senior Collections Manager, the Project Registrar will regularly lead a team of two or three art handlers to organize groups of objects for packing. They will conduct inventory, examine artwork and write condition notes, as well as maintain all associated database and digital records. Duties will progressively increase during later project phases to include supervision of object packing and shipping of artwork, creation of shipment records in the database and preparation of documents such as checklists and receipts.
About the Museum:
The Princeton University Art Museum is one of the worldâ™s greatest teaching museums, with globe-spanning collections that include more than 114,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of human history. As an academically based, public-facing museum to which admission is always free, the Museum is committed to shaping welcoming and challenging experiences that unite outstanding art, fresh scholarship accessibly presented, and diverse perspectives.
The Project Registrar will work on assignments specified by the Senior Collections Manager and will conduct a physical examination of permanent collection objects for purposes of packing and shipping. They will direct a team of two art handlers to locate collection objects in storage, and physically organize objects into groups for packing the objects at a later date according to PUAM specifications. They will be trained to create accurate container and shipping records in the Art Museumâ™s collections database (The Museum Systemâ„¢, TMS). At times, they will supervise the loading and unloading of trucks on the Museum loading dock. The Project Registrar will make object condition notes as needed and will capture digital images when appropriate. According to museum best practices, the Project Registrar will be required to report and document any condition changes to the Senior Collections Manager and conservators. The expectation is that records are maintained daily in the database, TMS, including recording location changes and creating shipping records. The Project Registrar will generate checklists from the database, as well as labels for containers and shipping conveyances. They will attach object tags when needed.
The work may require standing or walking for up to two hours at one time for eight hours per day; sitting for less than two hours at one time. Physical ability to lift or carry 25lbs, frequently use hands for simple grasping or pushing or pulling; occasionally bend, squat, climb, reach overhead; and process the ability to work on ladders and ability to maintain balance.
Minimum of two to three years of experience working as a registrar, preparator, conservation assistant, or in a similar position for museums, galleries, or other cultural institutions.
Must have demonstrated knowledge of Visual Art or Art History.
Must have familiarity with a wide variety of fine art media and the associated terminology; experience checking objects for condition issues and writing object condition notes according to current industry best practices and knowledge of museum best practices for handling and caring for works of art.
Willingness to comply with specified protocols, procedures and record-keeping standards.
Experience working in museum databases, such as TMS, which includes maintaining inventory or object location records.
Understanding the importance of maintaining discretion in dealing with confidential information is a must.
Availability to work during University business hours, 8:45 AM to 5 PM, on average of four to five days per week until the anticipated project conclusion in June 2025. Assignments will take place primarily on the Universityâ™s Forrestal Campus.
Competence to lead a team with the capacity to work both independently and as part of a larger group.
Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, Museum Studies, Art Conservation or Studio Arts. As an alternative to a BA equivalent personal or professional experience, training, or education will be considered.
Additional experience as a Museum Registrar or in a similar role overseeing the relocation of fine art collections.
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