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Curatorial Assistant

Curatorial Assistant

Posted Date 
Requisition Number 
Position Status 
LT Full-Time
Getty Location 
Getty Center
Museum - 0308-Drawings

Opportunity Details

Job Summary

Conducts research on the permanent collection of over 850 works on paper contributing to the development of the online catalog, with a specific focus on provenance and collecting history, bibliography, and exhibition history. As part of a team, reviews historical documentation, undertakes bibliographic research, builds object files, enters data into TMS (The Museum System) database, performs editorial functions to assure accuracy and consistency. Assists staff and scholars in accessing the collections, responds to reference inquiries, and participates in curatorial projects as needed. May offer public gallery tours and contribute to academic publications. This position is Limited Term for 1 year.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Applies knowledge of art history, research procedures, and online resources and databases to the documentation of the permanent collection
  • Prepares reports on research results and may prepare in-house reports
  • Performs basic collection management and editing functions


  • Bachelor’s degree in art or art history required; Master’s preferred
  • 0-2 years art historical or museum experience
  • Competent to work in basic curatorial functions
  • Reading fluency in at least one foreign language (modern or ancient) required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Proven ability to collaborate in teams across disciplines and build relationships
  • Experience with art historical research and writing
  • Familiarity with collections database software preferred (TMS - The Museum System)