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Curator Exhibitions, Academy Museum 



The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will be the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies. Located at Wilshire and Fairfax in Los Angeles, the Museum will be simultaneously immersive, experimental, educational, and entertaining. More than a museum, this dynamic film center will offer unparalleled experiences and insights into movies and moviemaking.

The Curator Exhibitions is responsible for the conceptualization and realization of a range of different scaled exhibitions and projects. This role also works in collaboration with filmmakers and artists, as well as advises and participates in interpretive initiatives.


  • Works collaboratively with the curatorial team in developing content for the museum, shares and discusses ideas and expertise, enhances the development of junior staff, and actively supports the department’s infrastructure.
  • Conducts research in film and cultural history related to potential exhibitions, publications, lectures, conferences, symposia, collection guides, and interpretive public programs.
  • Conceptualizes and organizes exhibitions of different scales ranging from major thematic or monographic exhibitions to more focused exhibitions as well as artist/filmmaker projects.
  • Develops checklists and moving images components, formulates the structure and design approach of exhibitions, secures loans, writes text for didactic materials, and scholarly catalogues or other types of publications as appropriate.
  • Participates in developing a project team, formulating the budget, developing tours, assessing conservation needs, resolving installation issues, initiating related outreach and interpretive programs.
  • Works closely with other Academy Museum staff members regarding programming, education, communication, collection management, and exhibition management.
  • Identifies objects for potential acquisition. The position recommends new acquisitions to collections curator and participates in acquisition meetings. Also participates in the de-accessioning process.
  • Initiates and maintains contacts with filmmakers, scholars, curators, critics, authors, and other colleagues in the field and culture in general.
  • Interfaces with Academy Members and Advisory groups.
  • Engages the public and disseminates knowledge on the Academy collection and programs and film history in general through exhibitions, publications, lectures, symposia, gallery talks, and other innovative public programs.
  • Works with Development staff to cultivate individuals, corporations, and foundations that may donate funds and/or goods and services in support of the museum’s exhibitions as required.
  • Represents the Museum in various settings from scholarly groups to PR events.

Position Requirements
  • MA in film studies, museum studies, or related field, PhD preferred
  • Minimum 5 years museum experience
  • Demonstrated experience conceptualizing, researching, planning, installing, and touring international loan exhibitions
  • Demonstrated experience working with living artists an/or filmmakers on projects and/or exhibitions
  • Expertise in film history and contemporary art related to moving image work
  • Demonstrated experience in public speaking and publishing
  • Experience in managing a team
  • Ability to multi-task in fast-paced, high volume work environment while maintaining high level of organization and attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Education MA in film studies, museum studies, or related field, PhD preferred  
Position Curator Exhibitions  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Open Date 12/6/2019  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy is the world's preeminent movie related organization, comprised of 8,000+ accomplished men and women working in cinema. We recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination, and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures.

EOE Statement The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.  

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