Associate Conservator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture

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The Getty
Job location: 
Los Angeles
United States
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Application deadline: 
Thursday, 16 December, 2021 - 00:15


Our Mission
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 OpporTunity
The J. Paul Getty Museum is seeking an Associate Conservator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture to be a member of a team of conservators who care for and study the museum's collection of Medieval to modern European sculpture and decorative arts including the Stark Collection of 20th-century outdoor sculpture. The department of Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation is located at the Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, where conservation is an integral part of the core activities of the Museum and the broader Getty Trust.
Duties of the Associate Conservator will include treatment, technical examination, and preventive care of the permanent collections with a strong emphasis on the collection of 20th-century European and American outdoor sculpture. The Associate Conservator will also participate in the Museum's exhibition program and special projects. The successful candidate will have a Master's Degree from a recognized conservation training program and will have experience with the conservation of outdoor sculpture and decorative arts and sculpture collections in a museum setting. He/she/they will have familiarity with analytical techniques as applied to the study of works of art and a considerable record of successful conservation treatments. The candidate will contribute to researching and developing innovative methodologies for long-term preservation of works of art. The Associate Conservator will work closely and collaboratively with colleagues across the Museum and other Getty Trust programs.


• Supervise the maintenance and conservation treatment of the outdoor sculpture collection including 28 modern outdoor sculptures of bronze, lead, ceramic, painted metal, and stainless steel. Perform treatments according to the highest current standards of practice accompanied by comprehensive conservation documentation of objects' condition and all conservation activities.
• Perform technical research on the outdoor sculpture collection, including materials analysis, the investigation of corrosion mechanisms, of protective coatings, and of current trends in industry. Research into improved treatment methods will be encouraged and expected; this will involve close collaboration with conservators and scientists at the Getty and at other international research institutions.
• Coordinate closely with the preparations, facilities, events, and grounds departments regarding the protection of the outdoor sculptures.
• Assist the department with exhibitions and loans as well as treatment, technical examination, and preventive care of the permanent collections.
• Publish scholarly research that aligns with the institutional mission.
• Maintain regular communication with a wide range of professional colleagues and participate in professional organizations.


• MA in conservation or equivalent degree
• 5-7 years experience in conservation

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