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Alphawood Exhibitions, LLC seeks enthusiastic individuals for part-time gallery staff positions at Wrightwood 659 for the upcoming exhibition Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now. Organized by the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, the exhibition includes three dozen contemporary artists from the Himalayas (including Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan), and the diaspora whose work is presented in dialogue with objects from the Rubin Museum’s permanent collection. These artists reconsider the forms, symbols, and narratives found within the living cultural heritage of Himalayan region—merging past with present while exploring the continuum of the cultures which shape their identity.

Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now will run from November 7, 2024 through February 15, 2025. Public operating hours will be Fridays from 12 PM - 7 PM, and Saturdays from 10 AM - 5 PM. Wednesday and Thursday operating hours will be added for group visits with varying shift times available.

Part-time Educators should be available to work a consistent schedule. Applicants should be available beginning on November 1, 2024 for our in-person training session, press preview, and VIP opening. There will also be a critical online training module to be completed prior to in-person training.

Desired Attributes

Successful candidates will be outgoing and possess a passion for art, architecture, and social movements. They must be comfortable in a progressive environment and enthusiastic about working with diverse audiences. Educators are expected to be intuitive, reliable, intellectually curious, and inclusive team members capable of maintaining a peaceful yet engaging gallery atmosphere. Educators must possess outstanding communication skills and a willingness to actively engage with guests in the gallery. Educators must be enthusiastic about collaborating with the team to interpret artwork and develop educational resources.

Key Responsibilities

  • Read and digest the provided educational materials relating to the exhibition.
  • Complete online training modules prior to in-person training.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of educational materials, building policies, and safety guidelines.
  • Greet and welcome guests to the space, communicate and ensure gallery policies are followed.
  • Facilitate conversations with guests and create points of access to exhibitions and artwork.
  • Direct guests through gallery spaces and assist with queueing and access control as needed.
  • Communicate gallery observations & feedback in-person or via online project management portal.
  • Work in tandem with the security staff to ensure a safe and positive guest experience.
  • Assist with gallery upkeep and opening/closing procedures.
  • Produce an “Educator Talk” or “Object Chat” with the support and guidance of Wrightwood 659 Staff.
  • Assist with setup for gallery events and public programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions

  • Comfortable speaking to groups of people.
  • Ability to remain stationary for extended periods and lift light furniture.
  • Occasional late evenings may be required due to special events and exhibition programming.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Knowledge of contemporary art, social movements, and/or architecture.
  • One year of guest service experience, preferably in a museum, academic, or cultural venue, including internships.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with digital devices and personal technologies.
  • Experience or interest in museum education.
  • The ability to create a welcoming and engaging environment.
  • Excellent communication skills and sensitivity to a variety of guest needs.
  • Organized, composed, and focused in a dynamic environment.
  • Keen observational skills and a propensity for spatial order.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, or simultaneous enrollment in a professional degree program.
  • Employment is conditional based on review of references and appropriate security checks.

About Wrightwood 659

Founded in 2018, Wrightwood 659 is a private, non-collecting institution devoted to socially engaged art and architecture. Wrightwood 659 was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, who transformed a 1920s residential building with his signature concrete forms and poetic treatment of natural light. Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood and acclaimed as “a hidden treasure,” Wrightwood 659’s soaring and light-filled galleries offer both intimate and monumental experiences as visitors engage with the pressing issues of our time.

Health and Safety
The health and safety of our guests and staff is our priority. In efforts to reduce the risk of spreading COVID- 19, we have adopted the following measures: All staff are highly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including the latest vaccine). Masks covering the mouth and nose are required at all times while inside the building, except while eating and drinking in our break room.

Application Details
Interested candidates should email with a resume and cover letter. Cover letters must address the candidate’s specific interest in Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now and in Wrightwood 659. Please use “Educator Application” in the email subject line. Submission deadline is August 30, 2024.

Alphawood Exhibitions is an equal employment opportunity employer who is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team. ALAANA and LGBTQIA+ individuals, first-generation immigrants, bi/multilingual candidates, and individuals with diverse abilities are encouraged to apply.

Alphawood Exhibitions is an affiliate of Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago-based, grant-making private foundation working for an equitable, just, and humane society, and presents socially engaged art and architecture exhibitions at Wrightwood 659.

Contact Info:
Norma Mendez
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Compensation: $25.00 hourly
Location: Chicago, IL