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Employment Opportunity: Curator

The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto is at the heart of the art ecosystem. MOCA will be ambitiously inclusive, interdisciplinary, and internationally renowned through our work with artists and a place for everyone to explore, provoke ideas, and challenge the current cultural moment.

We intend to achieve this vision through our mission:

  • To present rotating exhibitions and programmes that prioritize twenty-first-century artistic production, primarily through the commissioning of new work
  • To foster active dialogue and participation, celebrate complexity, and serve as an inclusive cultural hub in a hyper-diverse city and world.

Our values guide our work:

  • Equitable, inclusive, and accessible
  • Artist-centred, interdisciplinary, and process-oriented
  • Critical and transformative
  • Reciprocal and relationship-based
  • Locally rooted and globally connected
  • Courageous and responsible

MOCA has been actively adapting to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 and will continue to do so, ensuring staff and visitor safety and striving to maintain a supportive work environment.

Position Summary

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Closing on: Open until filled
Employment Type: Full-Time – initial one-year contract with potential for extension
Reporting to: Chief Curator
Salary: $72,000

Reporting to the Chief Curator, the Curator is responsible for continuing, expanding and developing strategic and engaging exhibition programmes of various scales and media for the Museum. The incumbent will play a key role in positioning the Museum as a leader in creating, commissioning and disseminating contemporary visual art practices with a keen focus on interdisciplinary work that involves new media and digital exploration.

The Curator will build on the success of MOCA’s exhibition programme, which in just a few years has gained international acclaim, by engaging a wide range of contemporary artists from Canada and abroad to realize specially conceived solo and group exhibitions. The Museum prides itself in inaugurating the ideas and execution of a large proportion of its programming in-house. The Curator will be part of the programming team responsible for overseeing all aspects of exhibition planning from vision to production, as well as keeping abreast of potential partnerships and exhibition offerings from like-minded venues internationally.

Specific responsibilities will include the Curator building on the success and formalizing the digital exhibition output and strategy of the Museum. This includes further developing MOCA’s Shift Key platform, the Spotlight artist videos, and partnerships with other organizations to enhance the Museum’s capacity and output in this arena. In addition the incumbent will bring new ideas and opportunities to the table to achieve programming that offers a layer of educational online content relating to physical exhibitions, as well as projects and commissions with new media and tech-oriented artists. There will also be scope to explore physical manifestations of this research within the spaces of the Museum.

Applicants should have at least three years of relevant experience working to curate exhibitions of contemporary visual art in a museum or cultural organization, with a keen knowledge of current trends and working practices by contemporary visual arts and digital-media-oriented artists and museum work in these fields. A specific interest in experimental and interdisciplinary art practices and those that delve into immersive technologies is a plus.

Equity and Diversity

MOCA Toronto advocates equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and is committed to diversity in the workplace.

MOCA Toronto is committed to ensuring that MOCA Toronto is an inclusive space where community members are treated with respect and dignity. MOCA Toronto encourages applications from everyone, including but not limited to women, indigenous peoples, visible minorities, people with disabilities and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

How to Apply

Please apply using the application form. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.