With more than 120,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States. A museum of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programs and research facilities that attract over a million visitors annually. LACMA’s eight building complex is located on twenty acres in the heart of Los Angeles, halfway between the ocean and downtown. Learn more about the museum by exploring lacma.org.
Reporting to the Curator, the Assistant Curator oversees a distinguished collection of prints, drawings, and books devoted to art from German-speaking countries from around 1900 to 1930 in the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies. The Assistant Curator assists department curator on research, interpretation, publication, and development of the modern permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. The Assistant Curator provides organizational support and participates in discussions and presentations about acquisitions; works collaboratively with the various LACMA departments; interacts with collectors, donors, researchers, and the public; and helps prioritize and achieve short- and long-range institutional goals. This position represents the Museum locally, nationally, and internationally including participation in panels, symposia, and other forums.
Some duties include: assists with research, development, coordination, and execution of special exhibitions and those based on the permanent collection; researches and writes scholarly texts related to special exhibitions and the permanent collection; maintains positive relations with colleagues in the museum/academic world, collectors, and patrons; participates in the planning of exhibition and related project budgets; develops and manages outside loans and exhibition contracts; assists the department curator with the development of the permanent collection, including acquisitions, deaccessions, conservation priorities, and collections management; develops interpretive programming with collateral departments in the museum including public and educational programs and digital media; researches and assists with grant writing related to exhibitions and departmental collections; works with scholars, including those sponsored by the Scholar-in-Residence Program, artists, and other interested parties to provide access to the collection; collaborates with collections management to maintain collections and image databases; performs other duties or special projects as assigned.
The qualified candidate will have a master’s degree in Art History with expertise in modern German art, Ph.D. is preferred. At least three years of museum experience with progressively responsible curatorial experience and demonstrated experience in acquisitions, exhibitions, installation and scholarly publications. A scholarly and professional commitment to German and European modern art, and prior experience with ambitious exhibition and publication programs in a museum. Knowledge of prints and drawings is preferred. Ability to write for a public and scholarly audience, and the ability to collaborate with fellow curators, educators and a range of museum staff, professional colleagues, and museum supporters. Reading fluency in German is essential with other foreign languages helpful.
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