The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting, and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance and is one of four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust. The Museum operates two sites, the Getty Villa in Malibu, which exhibits its collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, and the Getty Center in Brentwood, which displays its collections of European art: Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, drawings to 1900, and photography to the present day (including non-European works). The Museum mounts approximately 25 temporary exhibitions a year across its two sites; maintains an annual permanent gallery improvement program and offers wide-ranging and ambitious programming for its visitors.
The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks an experienced arts professional to oversee the complex installation and maintenance of permanent galleries, special exhibition and temporary exhibition spaces, and art storage areas, under minimal supervision. Reporting to the Head of Preparations, and working collaboratively with curators, conservators, designers and exhibitions specialists, the Senior Lead Preparator supports the Getty’s mission by fulfilling the Museum’s requirements for the safe handling, movement, and storage of its collection and in the installation of its temporary exhibitions and displays.
The Senior Lead Preparator manages a dedicated and experienced team of technical specialists skilled in art handling and installation based at the Museum’s Getty Center site. The ideal candidate will ensure appropriate materials, equipment, and methods are used to display, store, pack and transport works of art, and oversee the fabrication, installation, disassembly, and storage of works of art, associated materials and furniture.
The Preparations Department plans and delivers the fabrication of all changing exhibition and permanent collection installations; collections movement; packing and crating of permanent collection loans and special projects; fabrication and finishing of display assets; gallery lighting and scheduling; and manages collection storage.
The Museum’s Exhibitions Division comprises four Departments: Exhibitions Coordination; Registration; Design and Preparations. The Division’s mission is to realize ambitious, impactful exhibitions, including tours and special projects, and successful gallery installations, working collaboratively to ensure excellence and creativity in scholarship, design, display, and interpretation, supported through disciplined budget management and systematic planning.