Dec 1, 2023

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles, Ca

Curatorial Assistant – Modern Art (Regular, Full-Time)

Reporting to the Senior Curator, & Department Head of Modern Art, the Curatorial Assistant will be deeply committed to LACMA’s mission of inclusive access, collaboration, and dialogue, and will be encouraged to work with colleagues across LACMA’s departments. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated interest in expanding the narratives around European twentieth century art. The ideal candidate will have broad intellectual curiosity and a strong interest in connecting time periods, cultures, etc. in an encyclopedic museum context.


Does collection-focused research related to proposed acquisitions, including biographical, provenance, and bibliographic research; creates and maintains files for proposed acquisistions; and communicates with vendors, collectors, and artists as necessary
Prepares acquisition justifications, writes extended object labels
Assists with collection rotations, including checklists and interdepartmental coordination
Assists with information for Collections Online and for provenance research
Contributes texts to online LACMA publications as needed
Assists with “take” shows as needed
Assists department curators with research for LACMA-originated exhibitions
Assists with donor cultivation, touring the collection galleries and/or exhibitions as needed
Assists with departmental correspondence, reports, and general office responsibilities
Answers questions from the public and researchers
Writes posts related to departmental activities for the LACMA blog as appropriate


The expected hourly for this Los Angeles, CA based position $23.07 – $24.03 subject to change, and the position is eligible for LACMA’s comprehensive benefits package, including pension plan.
LACMA is committed to providing its employees with valuable and competitive benefits as a core part of a strong overall employee experience.


BA in art history, MA preferred
2 years museum experience (fellowships and/or internships) or relevant work
Knowledge of pre-war and 20th-century American and European art essential
Superior research and writing skills required
Comfortable with scholarly research
Require 2 writing samples (short and longer form)
Excellent organization and computer skills including MS office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint); familiarity with TMS very helpful
Knowledge of a second language preferred
Strong English verbal and written communication skills
Position entails some offsite work in collection storage, visiting private collections and galleries; some driving required.
Applicants from non-traditional backgrounds are encouraged to apply

* All applicants must submit a Cover Letter addressed to the Hiring Manager with their application. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

Apply here by 12/30/2023