Museum of Contemporary Art,

Temporary Preparator

7 days ago
Employment type
Temporary, variable
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.

We are committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of art created after 1940, in all media, and to preserving that work for future generations. We provide leadership in the field by identifying and presenting the most significant and challenging art of our time, actively supporting the creation of new work, and producing original scholarship.

About this job

Temporary Preparator I is an entry-level position and works onsite under the supervision of the Director of Exhibition Production, the Exhibition Production Managers, and/or Senior Preparators as assigned, to receive, mount, pack and disperse artworks in all exhibitions and the collection. These functions involve working closely with the Registration Department, Curatorial Department, and visiting artists and curators. Primary responsibility is the safe and careful handling of all objects placed within the Museum's care and overall collection stewardship and maintenance.

Because the scope of the MOCA's exhibition program incorporates conventional art forms as well as those which are more experimental in nature, Preparator I will have a variety of tasks and functions to perform, relating to all aspects of construction, fabrication, installation, and maintenance of exhibitions.

Roles & responsibilities

Work well as a team member and interact with a wide variety of staff and non-museum personnel.

Safely and carefully handle all objects placed within the museums care, using best practices.

Receive, release, load, and unload shipments of art as assigned.

Work in a precise and careful manner under stringent deadlines.

Display creativity in solving technical problems and flexibility in adapting to unusual circumstances.

Attend all mandatory safety and equipment training sessions. Comply with safety standards on all equipment use.

Help to foster a collegial and collaborative work environment, contributing to the development of department staff at all skill levels.

Maintain work spaces, gallery spaces, and artworks on display or in the collection according to standards set by Registrars, Exhibition Production Managers, and Senior Preparators.

Work closely with other departments, particularly Operations, Facilities, and Security staff as needed to provide continued support to the greater museum.


Minimum of two years experience working in museums, galleries, or professional artist studios. Contemporary art museum experience preferred.

Excellent manual dexterity and visual acuity skills.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Knowledge of the safe handling, care, and installation of all art objects, installation hardware, and movement techniques.

Safe use of tools and equipment including, but not limited to: ladders, pallet jacks, non-electrical hand tools, and various portable and stationary power tools.

Ability to multitask on a variety of concurrent projects.

Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.

To apply

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 JD describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

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