Museum of Contemporary Art,

Curatorial Assistant

1 month ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Established in 1979, The Museum of Contemporary Art is the only artist-founded museum in Los Angeles. We are dedicated to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. We house one of the most compelling collections of contemporary art in the world, comprising roughly 7,500 objects, and have a diverse history of ground-breaking, historically-significant exhibitions.

About this job

The Curatorial Assistant performs research and project management-oriented duties while working on exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and other projects. Duties include performing general art historical research, 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. The Curatorial Assistant may also be tasked with organizing smaller exhibitions, when appropriate.

Roles & responsibilities

  • Assist Curators with all aspects of exhibition organization including loans and loan correspondence, artist and gallery correspondence, data entry, image scanning, scheduling meetings, and making travel arrangements
  • Work closely with Exhibition Production, Registration, Exhibition Management, Communications, Education and Visitor Services, and Advancement staff. Adhere to exhibition planning process timelines.
  • Assist Curators with exhibition-related didactics including object label copy and wall texts. Coordinate external editors and translators.
  • Assist Curators with exhibition-related publications including securing copyright permissions, arranging artwork photography, compiling research as directed. Work closely with external editors, designers, and publishers.
  • Perform internet, library, and archival research for exhibitions, publications, and potential acquisitions.
  • 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 represent the Museum to outside organizations, collectors, artists and others.
  • In select instances, organize modest exhibitions from the permanent collection; choose objects for the checklist; didactic materials; speak publicly about the exhibition; give tours as needed.


  • Must possess the ability to communicate and interact well with others.
  • Excellent grammar, writing, and organizational skills.
  • Must be able to perform art historical research and effectively aid in managing exhibition projects.
  • Knowledge of contemporary art is a must, and possession of an M.A. in art history, or related subject is highly preferred, as is previous museum or gallery experience.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office including Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop Knowledge, Google Workspace
  • Ability to use The Museum System (TMS) database preferred.

To apply

Please visit or use the direct application link to apply with your resume and cover letter.

Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

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