Since the late 1960s, Robert Wilson's productions have decisively shaped the look of theater and opera. Through his signature use of light, his investigations into the structure of a simple movement, and the classical rigor of his scenic and furniture design, Wilson has continuously articulated the force and originality of his vision. Wilson's close ties to and collaborations with leading artists, writers, and musicians continue to fascinate audiences worldwide.
Administered by the Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation, the Robert Wilson Archives promote and support research on Wilson’s works, career, and artistic legacy. The collection provides access to documentary materials including photographs, papers, video recordings and ephemera directly related to Wilson's productions. In addition to documenting completed works, the archive records creative process through Wilson's production files, rehearsal notes and sketches.
NYC Office & Studio, 115 West 29th Street, New York, NY 10001
Offsite storage on Long Island as needed
The Robert Wilson Archives are entering the next phase of a large-scale processing and inventorying project that will make accessible a significant portion of over 1,000 linear feet of manuscript records and print photographs documenting Wilson’s work. These records include exhibition design materials, press/clippings, foundation activities, photographs, and early records of theatre troupe the Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds.
A part-time position totaling twenty hours per week will ensure that these records are properly collated, cataloged, and finding aids are made available and integrated with a preexisting shelf list that details Wilson’s productions, operas, and large-scale installations. The Assistant Archivist will work closely with the Director of Archives and interns on these and interrelated projects.
RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:
Processing of discrete collections and assisting with larger scale organizational initiatives
Shuttling archival materials between locations in New York and Long Island
Creating, updating, and publishing finding aids in ArchivesSpace
Cross-referencing manuscript data with images and digital assets
Reference and research, especially in the realms of contemporary art and performance
The incumbent should have an acute understanding of the tenets of archival processing and be able to provide support in handling research and reference services. In addition to ArchivesSpace and digital asset management systems, technical requirements include Adobe, Office, and a general awareness of specialized library and archives cataloging.
A master’s degree in Archival + Library Science or a related area of study, with coursework in contemporary/performing arts a plus
Working knowledge of ArchivesSpace and/or Archivist’s Toolkit
Familiarity with DACS, LCSH, and AACR2 cataloging rules
Understanding of basic database principles
Experience handling photographs and audiovisual objects among other fragile materials
Ability to communicate complex ideas with efficiency and clarity
Willingness to lift 40lb. boxes
Current driver’s license
Sense of humor
A letter of application, resume and names of three professional/academic references should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (with “Assistant Archivist” in the subject line).
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
About The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation
The Watermill Center is a laboratory for the arts and humanities providing a global community the time, space and freedom to create and inspire.
Founded in 1992 by avant-garde visionary and theater director Robert Wilson, The Watermill Center is an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities situated on ten acres of Shinnecock ancestral territory on Long Island’s East End. With an emphasis on creativity and collaboration, Watermill ?integrates performing arts practice with resources from the humanities, research from the sciences and inspiration from the visual arts. ?The Center is unique within the global landscape of experimental artistic practice and regularly convenes the brightest minds from across disciplines to do, in Wilson’s words, “what no one else is doing.”
The Watermill Center is operated by The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation, which is committed to equal opportunity and diversity in its workforce.
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