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Posted: 08/21/2015

Buffalo Architecture Center

The Richardson Olmsted Complex has been created with the renovation and re-use of the former Buffalo State Hospital. Originally designed in 1870 by the notable American architect H. H. Richardson, this expansive group of buildings was originally constructed on a site of 200 acres. It is set within a landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and planned in collaboration with Thomas Story Kirkbride a doctor from Philadelphia whose work focused on the treatment and care of mental health patients. The complex existed of ten one and a half to three story high pavilions built of Medina sandstone or brick that are disposed symmetrically on either side of a twin towered administration building. The complex was completed in 1896 and is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. The Richardson Olmsted Complex is located in the city of Buffalo and is adjacent to existing residential neighborhoods, alongside the campus of SUNY Buffalo State and close to the Burchfield Penney Art Gallery, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Buffalo History Museum. The Richardson Olmsted Complex is being rehabilitated by the Richardson Center Corporation and adaptively reused as a hospitality venue and cultural amenity for the city. Hotel Henry is the first phase - and about 1/3 of - the redevelopment of the Richardson Olmsted Complex. Alongside and intertwined with the hotel and conference center will be the Buffalo Architecture Center. The Buffalo Architecture Center is an integral component of the renovation project. The hotel, the event and conference spaces, as well as a Buffalo Architecture Center, are all expected to open in spring 2016.

Curatorial Assistant (Multiple Positions)
Professional Opportunity
Buffalo, NY

This call for applicants seeks responses from applicants for two to three Curatorial Assistant positions limited to a term of fourteen months at the Buffalo Architecture Center with time commitments ranging between approximately twenty to forty hours per week. The positions report to the Buffalo Architecture Center Coordinator. The successful candidate will assist the Buffalo Architecture Center Coordinator with research tasks in preparation for the three inaugural exhibitions and two further temporary exhibitions that detail design themes related to the city of Buffalo, preservation and adaptive reuse, the Richardson Olmsted Complex, and architectural history. Successful candidates will perform research for the exhibition, including on subjects such as related architects, planners, projects, periods, styles, etc., on specific works, on locations of potential loans and copyright holders, etc. Successful candidates will assist in the preparation of checklists, loan agreement forms, and related educational and programming materials, ranging from compiling to writing, which may include wall label copy, among other things. Successful applicants will assist with scheduling work to be done for the project and will serve as liaisons with various vendors. A successful applicant may be tasked with the compilation, organization, formatting, and editing of catalogued data for completeness and accuracy. The successful applicant may also be asked to obtain image rights for publication, print, and digital use, often involving extensive research and written correspondence with external parties.

Requirements: Masters degree preferred in any subfield of art history or history, preferably with a specialization in the art history, architectural history, environmental history or history of the United States. Access to the city of Buffalo as needed to perform the duties of the position. Experience with academic or institutional research. Experience working with exhibition materials, either commissioned or borrowed. Familiarity with researching provenance, dealing with estates, and securing copyright permissions and clearing image rights. Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills and an enthusiasm for the subject matter. Highly motivated. Strict attention to detail and rigorous approach to tasks. Strong initiative and ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.

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How to apply
Applicants should submit their CV, a sample of published or curatorial writing, if available, and the names of three references to the BAC Coordinator, Peter Christensen, at phcnyc@gmail.com by September 20, 2015. Materials submitted will be reviewed by the BAC Coordinator and the appropriate parties at the Richardson Olmsted Complex prior to selection no later than the end of October 2015. Compensation commensurate with experience. Applicants should indicate their preferred work schedule.

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