Curatorial Assistant

The Museum of Contemporary Art

Los Angeles, CA


The Curatorial Assistant is responsible for performing research-oriented duties in support of exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and other projects. Curatorial assistants may also be tasked with organizing smaller exhibitions at the Pacific Design Center or at Grand Ave. Duties include maintaining exhibition files and collection database (The Museum System), drafting correspondence and other texts, responding to inquiries, and serving as liaison to other Museum departments, museums, galleries, collectors, artists, and trustees. Performing general art historical research.


Must possess excellent interpersonal, grammar, writing, and organizational skills and be able to perform art historical research. Possession of a M.A. or Ph. D. is required in art, art history or related subject, as is knowledge of contemporary art. Ability to use Microsoft Office including Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe Photoshop. Knowledge of The Museum System (TMS) database, a minimum of two years of museum or gallery experience, strongly preferred.  Foreign language skills highly desired.


  • Assist Curators with all aspects of exhibition organization including locating potential loans, loan correspondence, data entry, image scanning, generating checklists and other reports, compiling installation requirements and restrictions, tracking actual expenses in exhibition budget forms, arranging installation photo documentation, providing materials and information for traveling exhibitions. Adheres to exhibition planning process timelines.
  • Assist Curators with exhibition-related publications by locating images, securing copyright permissions, compiling research as directed, fact checking texts and back matter, mailing catalogues to photo and object lenders. Assist Curators with exhibition-related didactics including object label copy and wall texts.
  • Prepare Acquisitions Reports and PowerPoint presentations for potential Permanent Collection objects; provide information to Registrar, work with donors and galleries as needed.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships and appropriately represents the Museum to outside organizations, collectors, trustees, and artists.
  • Assist Curators with scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements, processing invoices, reconciling credit card and other expenses, and other administrative duties as assigned. Attend department meetings. 
  • In select instances organize modest exhibitions of the permanent collection either at Grand Ave. or the Pacific Design Center; choose objects for the checklist; prepare didactic materials; speak publicly about the exhibition; give tours as needed.


While performing the essential functions of this job, the incumbent must be able to do the following: sit for extended periods; bend and reach for filing and other job-related functions; climb up and down stairs; bend, stoop, and lift to move and retrieve materials; pull, push, and lift; reach both above and below shoulder height.  Specific visual abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  Must be able to visually inspect work.  Manual dexterity to operate computer and other office equipment required.  Heavy usage of computers and phones required.

The physical demands described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made.


Submit resume to [email protected]. Cover letter optional.

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