Associate Conservator (Paper)

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Job location: 
Los Angeles
Contract type: 
Application deadline: 
Thursday, 30 April, 2020

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) seeks an Associate Conservator for Photographs and Works of Art on Paper responsible for the care and study of the Museum’s large holdings of photographs, prints, drawings, screens and scrolls, and manuscripts. Located in Los Angeles, California, LACMA is dedicated to the acquisition, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of these collections.

The Associate Conservator is part of the larger Conservation Center, with specialists in objects, paintings, textiles, time-based media, and scientific research. Works of art on paper and photographs are actively collected in the departments of Photography, Prints and Drawings, Decorative Art & Design, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Art of the Middle East, Modern, Contemporary, and the Art of the Pacific.

Duties in this full-time position include: examination, treatment, research and preventative care for artworks in the permanent collection, as well as planning and preparing artworks for exhibitions and loans. The Associate Conservator reports to the Senior Paper Conservator and works collaboratively with colleagues across the Museum, including direct involvement with scientific and conservation staff, curators, exhibitions coordinators, registrars, special collections managers, and art preparators.

Some responsibilities include: remain current with research and advances in the conservation field in order to execute conservation treatments adhering to the highest current standards; contribute research towards improved understanding and development of methodologies for the long-term preservation of photographs and works of art on paper; provide comprehensive written and photographic documentation for conservation treatment and research activities; advise curators and other staff on technical issues related to artworks in the collection and potential acquisitions; participate in the planning, treatment, and installation of artworks for exhibitions; assess artworks for touring exhibitions and loans including treatment, environmental specifications, and recommendations for safe transit and display; prepare and review condition reports for incoming and outgoing exhibitions and loans; perform courier duties as assigned; participate in cross departmental collaborations for the development of preventive conservation standards for handling, storage, transit, and display; demonstrate knowledge of Integrated Pest Management; respond to inquiries from colleagues, scholars, and the general public; conduct tours and give lectures; publish and present research with contributions to professional journals, collection catalogues, and social media; perform all aspects of laboratory upkeep including researching and ordering supplies, chemicals, and equipment.

The qualified candidate will have: a Master’s Degree from a recognized graduate conservation training program or equivalent and 5-7 years experience in conservation; advanced knowledge and understanding of current conservation practice in the examination, analysis, treatment, and documentation of photographs and works of art on paper; advanced knowledge of chemical and physical properties of photographic materials and works of art on paper and their deterioration processes and knowledge of analytical equipment; expert hand skills including manual dexterity, color acuity, and an ability to think creatively with solutions-based problem-solving; familiarity and experience with preventative conservation practices for storage and exhibition, emergency preparedness and integrated pest management; knowledge of cold storage design, construction, and management; accomplishments in art historical, scientific and conservation research and writing; proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; knowledge of TMS and iPad proficiency desirable; strong organizational skills including the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines; strong interpersonal skills, along with the ability to work cooperatively with other museum staff on multiple projects in a demanding and fast-paced work environment; ability to collaborate and direct teams across disciplines and to build long-term relationships; ability to work both independently and as part of a team; knowledge of personal safety equipment and standards.

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*Applicants should also provide a writing sample or documentation of a conservation treatment or link to a published article.*