Digital Art History Lead, The Frick Collection

By May 27, 2021

Website frickcollection Frick Art Reference Library

Opened to the public in 1935, The Frick Collection is a world-renowned art museum consisting of more than 1,500 works of art from the ninth to the nineteenth centuries displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick. It is considered one of the world’s most perfect museums and the residence is one of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions. The Frick welcomes nearly 300,000 visitors a year to its tranquil mansion on the Upper East Side, encouraging visitors to closely observe, reflect, and engage with its esteemed collection.

The Frick Art Reference Library (FARL), founded by Helen Clay Frick in 1920 and open to the public in 1922, is an internationally recognized research library that serves as one of the world’s most complete resources for the study of Western art. It has been at the cutting-edge of art-history technology since its foundation, pioneering onsite photography of works of art, web archiving of art-rich websites, computer vision and the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning; all in support of The Frick Collection’s mission of serving as a “center for research and to stimulate scholarship in the history of art.”

Job Responsibilities

Reporting to the Associate Chief Librarian, Content. The Digital Art History Lead will develop and deliver the digital art history strategy for the Frick Art Reference Library and maintain its high international reputation in this area.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Audit and evaluate DAH activities of the Frick Art Reference Library
  • In consultation with internal and external stakeholders, the Lead will define the strategy and work plan of the Library in the area of digital art history
  • Lead and co-ordinate the Frick Art Reference Library’s Digital Art History activities across the four Clusters
  • Assess and create programming in support of the digital art history of collecting and provenance research.
  • Liaise with external partners for existing and future collaborative projects, including university engineering departments, university art history departments (in liaison with TFC Education), technology companies
  • Supervise the Digital Art History Fellows and interns
  • DAHL through social media and publication
  • Collaborate with External Affairs/Fund Raising in support of DAHL activities.

Job Qualifications

  • Postgraduate qualification in Art History or a related subject (preferably PhD) or postgraduate library qualification.
  • Experience with at least one digital art history project and have knowledge of the digital art history landscape.
  • Basic technical skills e.g. Excel, blog post or Wikipedia entry writing, coding, Python, OpenRefine, Gephi
  • Basic knowledge of statistics and good knowledge of a language other than English.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral are essential for success in this role.
  • Committed to diversity and exploring digital art history to advance this and to reach wider audiences
  • Works well individually and in a team.

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:

Associate Chief Librarian, Content (include “DAHL Lead” in subject line of email)

Mailing address for application:
Frick Madison
30 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021

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