The Los Angeles County Museum of Art seeks an Associate Conservator of Photographs to join the Paper Conservation division. This position shares the responsibility for the care and study of the Museum’s large holding of fine art photographs with an active exhibition, publication and loan program. Duties in the full-time position, include treatment, examination and preventative care of the permanent collections as well as participation in the planning and installation of exhibitions and loans and the development of permanent collection cool and cold storage. The Associate Conservator is expected to demonstrate achievement and expertise in conservation treatments, research, and publications relating to the preservation of photographs and is required to remain current with research and advances in the conservation field.
Examination and study of photographs collected across all curatorial divisions within the collections for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Performance of conservation treatments of photographs to the highest standards including the development and research towards best practices and innovation in the field.
Preparation of written and photographic documentation for condition reports, treatment proposals and reports, artist interviews, technical notes and installation instructions.
Participation in the planning and installation of exhibitions, touring exhibitions and loans.
May advise on media identification for labels, publication, and authentication and technical issues related to the permanent collection and potential acquisitions.
Participation in the development and maintenance of standards for handling, storage, installation, packing and shipping of collections.
Collaboration with collection management on preventive conservation in the use of materials chosen for exhibition, storage, and transit, including Integrated Pest Management.
Has up-to-date knowledge on the design, construction and operation of cool and cold storage for photographic collections.
Perform courier duties as assigned.
Communication with professional colleagues and participation in professional organizations; remains current in the conservation practices.
May provide supervision and instruction for interns and volunteers.
MA in conservation or equivalent degree.
Additional work in the treatment of works of art on paper is desirable.
5-7 years’ experience in conservation.
Knowledge of the chemical and physical properties of photographic materials and deterioration processes and current practices of photographic conservation.
Knowledge and experience with exhibitions and preventive conservation.
Knowledge of emergency preparedness and integrated pest management.
Strong computer skills, proficiency with Microsoft Word, Google, PowerPoint, and TMS.
Portfolio of conservation treatments demonstrating expert hand skills and color acuity.