The Calder Foundation, a non-profit institution dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, preserving, and interpreting the art and archives of the 20th Century artist Alexander Calder, is seeking a fulltime Research Assistant. This entry level position reports to the Director of Archives.

Since 1987, the Foundation continues to amass and organize an exhaustive archive on the artist and his work. The archive consists of over 130,000 documents, 26,000 photographs, dozens of films, and thousands of press clippings, articles, and publications. At the core of this archive are Calder’s own personal documents and photographs. The Foundation researches and classifies information on more than 22,000 known works created by Calder, physically examines works attributed to the artist, collaborates with scholars and curators on publications and exhibitions, and facilitates the loans of works in its charge to major institutions worldwide.

Responsibilities include:

  • fielding emailed requests and incoming phone calls to the archives department
  • managing a high volume of correspondence with collectors, dealers, auction houses, and other institutions pertaining to the Registration and Examination of artworks in the Foundation’s archive
  • assisting with the administration and coordination of scheduled Examination days
  • processing applications and photographs for the Registration of artworks, researching submitted materials and artworks as necessary
  • editing, creating, and standardizing database entries
  • assisting the Director of Archives with administrative tasks, ranging from preparing correspondence and images to cataloguing and research
  • filing and assisting with the general maintenance of the Foundation’s object and correspondence file
  • assisting with general office administration including answering phones, ordering supplies, and supervision of external contractors as needed

Applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • B.A., preferably in Art History as visual literacy is an important aspect of the position
  • 1-year prior experience in an arts-related setting, including administrative duties, fielding phone calls, managing correspondence, and prioritizing requests
  • outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail • excellent communication skills
  • knowledge of French or other Romance Language
  • helpful to the position are prior experience with research and cataloguing, familiarity with FileMaker Pro, Photoshop, and scanning equipment
  • working hours: M–F 10a–6p, onsite office hours are required

The Calder Foundation Archive is a small department engaged in a variety of projects. The successful candidate will be mature, flexible, highly organized, and possess a sense of humor. The position is available immediately.

Starting salary is $40,000.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: resume@calder.org

Only applicants being considered for the position will be contacted for an in-person interview. Please, no inquiries, agencies, or solicitations.

About Calder Foundation

The Calder Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1987 by Alexander S. C. Rower and the Calder family, is dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, preserving, and interpreting the art and archives of Alexander Calder. The Foundation’s objectives include furthering public knowledge and appreciation for the arts; conducting research in art history and related subjects and presenting those results to the general public; providing facilities and programs to assist the education and development of artists; and preserving Calder’s artistic legacy for scholarship, including the physical preservation of his works, archives, homes, and studios. Additionally, the Calder Foundation is dedicated to conserving natural resources and education in agriculture and sustainable environmental practices. The Foundation’s projects include collaborating on exhibitions and publications, organizing and maintaining the Calder archives, examining works attributed to Calder, and cataloguing the artist’s works. The Foundation also organizes its own exhibitions, lectures, performances, and events on Calder and on contemporary artists supported by the biannual Calder Prize and the Atelier Calder residency program in Saché, France.