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Associate, Full Curator – American Art
Associate, Full Curator - American Art
Post Date: 16 Jan 2022


LACMA seeks an Associate / Full Curator with specific expertise in art produced in the United States between 1750–1950. Reporting to the Curator and Department Head of European Painting and Sculpture and American Art, the Associate / Full Curator 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 historical American art.

The Associate / Full Curator will be joining LACMA at an exciting moment of reinstalling our permanent collection galleries and reframing the broader meaning of American Art. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and seasoned professional who has proven themselves as an effective advocate for their area of expertise through some or all of the following ways: innovative research and interpretation; development of public or private collections; commitment to broad and inclusive audience engagement through exhibitions, installations, scholarly lectures, public presentations, and community partnerships. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups in the curatorial field are especially encouraged to apply. 


  • Provide collaborative support and leadership for permanent collection installations for the new Geffen Galleries opening in 2024. 
  • Develop and foster exhibitions for LACMA’s robust exhibition program.
  • Perform advanced scholarly research of a high order, making important contributions to the field through exhibitions and publications.  
  • Manage donor cultivation and support for programs and collection building. 
  • Maintain contact with collectors, galleries and other facets of the art market, in an effort to grow the collection through gifts and acquisitions.  
  • Serve as a department liaison to Conservation, Education and other divisions within the Museum
  • Mentor curatorial fellows as well as junior staff members


  • Minimum MA, with preferred Ph.D. in art history or a related field, with demonstrated expertise in historical American Art.
  • At least 5-7 years museum experience.
  • Proven success in working collaboratively. 
  • Broad intellectual curiosity and a strong record in connecting time periods, cultures, etc. applicable to an encyclopedic museum context. 
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills are required, including the ability to address academic audiences and the general public with equal skill and passion. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion in museum practice and to engaging a wide range of audiences and constituencies.

Please send a CV, a cover letter, and writing sample, as well as a statement, not to exceed 1,000 words, describing the applicant’s exhibition and research interests. 

To apply, please use the following link.


Los Angeles, USA

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