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Curatorial Fellow, Prints & Drawings [1-Year Term]

LACMA is seeking a full-time Curatorial Fellow with specific expertise in pre-1850 European works on paper, reporting to the Curator and Head of the Department of Prints and Drawings. The department’s holdings currently number around 23,000 prints and 2,000 drawings by some 5,000 artists, ranging in date from the 15th century to the present. The incumbent will build on the collection’s strengths (Northern Renaissance, Italian, French, and Northern Mannerist, and 19th-century French prints; 17th- and 18th-century French and Italian drawings) while exploring areas for expansion.

*This will be a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal for up to three years, depending on the availability of funding.*

Specific projects for the Fellowship term include:

-Developing permanent collection installations, rotations, and didactic material for the Geffen Galleries, LACMA’s new permanent collection galleries scheduled to open in 2024. Geffen Galleries projects will entail collaborative work with multiple curatorial departments, including European Painting & Sculpture, Decorative Arts, Costume & Textiles, American Art, Latin American Art, and Paper Conservation.

-Attending to the archival needs of the permanent collection, now located in offsite storage under the oversight of Collections Management, focusing on integrating provenance and object information into object files and database records.

-Participating in other ongoing departmental activities, including discussion of loans, acquisitions, conservation, development, and online content.

-Assisting with the planning and drafting of interpretive materials for exhibitions involving works on paper during the fellowship period

-Participating in LACMA’s Curatorial Forum, Junior Curatorial Forum (which hosts reading groups and colloquia), and other division-wide discussions.

This is an outstanding opportunity for the Fellow to oversee the presentation of the Museum’s works on paper in a new physical space, and to take a lead role in giving the early modern prints and drawings collection a more visible and active online presence.

-M.A. in the History of Art (or be All But Dissertation).
-Full-time professional museum experience (minimum of 3 years is preferred).
-Broad intellectual curiosity and a strong interest in connecting time periods, cultures, etc. in an encyclopedic museum context.
-Aptitude for collaboration across museum departments (curatorial, conservation, etc.).
-Will support LACMA’s mission, and will uphold the highest standards of scholarship, connoisseurship, and professional practices.
-Print room experience is preferred, but not required.
-Language skills should be commensurate with the area of specialization.
-Exceptional written and oral communication skills are required, including the ability to address academic audiences and the general public with equal skill and passion.

Application Materials to Include: C.V., writing sample, and letter of intent (not to exceed 1000 words) describing research and exhibition interests.

Application Deadline: Friday, July 2, 2021

*This fellowship is made possible with support from the Getty Foundation through its Paper Project initiative.*

For more information and to apply please visit the external link below.


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