The J. Paul Getty Trust: Curatorial Assistant

Job Summary

The Curatorial department of the Getty Research Institute is seeking a Curatorial Assistant to assist the Curator of Photographs.  Will assist in planning, research, acquisitions, exhibitions, and publications. May investigate provenance and establish values of potential acquisitions and donations. Participates in exhibition planning and publications.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Applies knowledge of art history and art education to routine curatorial assignments
  • Follows established standards to ensure proper care and storage of objects in a collection
  • Documents objects and may perform basic fact finding to support curatorial research efforts
  • Assists with preparation of acquisitions proposals and may make acquisition recommendations to the curator
  • May publish original works in area of specialization
  • May organize and conduct presentations of material for classes and other scholarly groups
  • May select and provide images and write corresponding text and captions for promotion of a publication online and in print
  • May assist registrars and conservation staff with processing loans and updating the collection database records for items in a collection


  • Bachelor’s degree in art or art history required; MA/Ph.D. candidate/degree in either Art History, Early Modern History, Contemporary Art and Culture, Library Science or a related humanities field with strong skills and facility in navigating a major research library
  • 0-2 years art historical or museum experience
  • Reading knowledge of at least two European languages, and previous experience in doing research with rare books and primary archival and visual materials essential

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills a must, especially a ready ease in dealing with on-line research databases
  • Knowledge of Filemaker Pro and Powerpoint a plus
  • The successful candidate should be highly organized and able to deal with many projects at once.
  • Proven ability to collaborate in teams across disciplines and build relationships
  • Experience with art historical research and writing


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