Temporary Exhibition Technician

Application deadline: Open until filled

Temporary position based in New York City


Dia Art Foundation was established in 1974 for the purpose of commissioning, collecting, and presenting major works of art made in the 1960s onward. Today it consists of eight permanent sites across the United States and Germany, as well as three changing exhibition spaces in New York state: Dia Chelsea in New York City, Dia Beacon in the Hudson Valley, and Dia Bridgehampton on eastern Long Island. Dia is taken from the Greek word for “through” and conveys the foundation’s role as a facilitator of meaningful artistic experiences that can be encountered in single and repeated visits.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Manager of Exhibitions, the Exhibition Technician joins the Exhibitions staff at Dia to participate in the installation of an exhibition at Dia Chelsea on or around February 6 to February 28, 2023. The Exhibition Technician may also be asked to participate in de-installation of the exhibition in July 2023; de-installation needs shall be determined at the end of the installation period. The Exhibition Technician helps safely handle and install artworks. Shifts are generally scheduled at eight hours per day, inclusive of lunch and breaks, although late shifts may be requested as needed.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In consultation with Dia’s Director of Exhibit Fabrication and Building, Director of Registration and Collection Management, and Director of Exhibition Design and Installation, the Exhibition Technician shall execute a project-specific installation schedule
  • As part of a team, unpack, pack, install, arrange, assemble, de-install, and prepare artworks for exhibition while ensuring the artworks’ safety
  • Demonstrate proper installation and art-handling skills according to museum best practices
  • Assist with the release and receipt of art and/or empty crates including loading and unloading from truck to gallery
  • Creatively solve and escalate problems to the Exhibitions team and/or supervisor as needed

General Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with all exhibition-related tasks as assigned and needed, including but not limited to preparing tables and work areas; assembling and securing artworks; making mounts; installing/de-install lighting, cabling, and/or AV equipment; and maintaining a clean and safe prep space, tolls, and exhibition area
  • As needed, participate in installation debriefs with the Manager of Exhibitions to review successes and challenges, providing an opportunity to receive and share feedback on processes and workflow

Education, Certification, Experience:

  • BFA or BA in specialty area or equivalent work experience required
  • 2 or more years of related experience required; experience with modern art and large-scale installations preferred
  • Solid background in exhibition installation and safe art-handling procedures required
  • Thorough understanding of tools, hardware, scissor lifts, scaffolding, and safety procedures required
  • Able to productively collaborate with a team and artists

Working Conditions and Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to spend prolonged periods of time standing and walking while in the galleries; lift, carry, or move equipment up to fifty pounds; work on ladders, hoists, and scissor lifts at heights up to twenty feet; operate machines such as lathes, drill presses, power saws, and mills; and perform mechanical or skilled trade tasks of a non-repetitive nature 

Please note that to provide a safe workplace free of recognized hazards and to take every possible step to reduce the transmission of COVID among our employees, Dia Art Foundation requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, except for those who obtain an exemption due to a medical condition, religious belief, or pregnancy.  

Qualified candidates are invited to apply by completing the online job application, linked HERE, and attaching a resume and letter of interest.  

Dia Art Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its employment policies. In addition, Dia will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and supports a neurodiverse workplace. 

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