Working in partnership with, and under the direction of the Curator of African Arts, the BGC/BKM Postdoctoral Fellow will assist in all aspects of the development of the Museum’s installation of its renowned African Arts collection in a new dedicated gallery scheduled to open in 2025, with a particular focus on interpreting historical African art through a contemporary lens. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to curate dossier-style collection installations, at the Brooklyn Museum and/or at BGC, and additionally, will contribute to the planning of a 2023 State of the Field symposium on African art at Bard Graduate Center, to be held on the 100th anniversary of the Brooklyn Museum’s groundbreaking 1923 display of 1,500 works, which remains one of the largest exhibitions of African art ever mounted. The Fellow will also teach one graduate-level course each year on the Arts of Africa at Bard Graduate Center, on a topic to be determined in consultation with the Chair of the Academic Program.

Appointment to run 1 August 2021–30 June 2024

Responsibilities include:

At the Brooklyn Museum

  • Assist in the research and development of Museum’s 2025 installation: collection research and documentation, with a focus on provenance; assist in checklist development, object research and review with Conservation, preliminary layouts, and label text for new permanent gallery;
  • Curate dossier-style collection installations from the museum’s collection;
  • Assist with planning of a 2023 State of the Field symposium on African art at BGC.

At Bard Graduate Center

  • Teach one course per year on Arts of Africa; class meetings often to be held at the Brooklyn Museum;
  • Attend once monthly faculty meeting;
  • Potentially advise student Qualifying Papers.


  • PhD in art history or a related discipline such as Africana studies, anthropology, or history, complete by 1 July 2021
  • Experience in public humanities desirable


  • $45,000
  • Housing is provided at Bard Hall, 410 W 58 Street, New York, NY
  • $1,500 travel & research funding (annually)
  • Medical insurance is provided

Reports to

  • Curator of African Art, Brooklyn Museum
  • Dean, Bard Graduate Center

To Apply

Apply here. All materials must be received by December 1, 2020. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please direct questions to [email protected].

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