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Assistant Curator 


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures furthers the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Welcoming visitors from Los Angeles and around the world, the Museum works in active partnership with motion picture artists and specialists, scholars, staff, and diverse communities to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema, inspiring discourse, connection, joy, and discovery.

Under the supervision of senior management, the Assistant Curator will be responsible for working independently on all aspects of smaller-scale exhibitions as well as collaborating with film artists and guest curators. This position develops all aspects of content, collaborating closely with creative, design, registration, conservation, planning, and publication departments on the execution of an exhibition. You will also work collaboratively with public-facing departments to create mission-driven content beyond an exhibition. You may write texts for catalogs and other online formats, along with advising and participating in interpretive initiatives at the Museum. You may also present museum content elsewhere and function as a representative of the Academy Museum.

You Will:

  • Engage the public and disseminate knowledge on the Academy collection and programs and film history in general through mission critical exhibitions, publications, lectures, symposia, gallery talks, and other innovative public programs.
  • Be responsible for conducting research in film and cultural history related to potential exhibitions, publications, lectures, conferences, symposia, and interpretive public programs.
  • Initiate and maintain contacts with filmmakers, scholars, curators, critics, authors, and other colleagues in the field and culture in general.
  • Organize smaller-scale exhibitions and works with (film)artists on collaborations.
  • Assist senior curators on larger exhibition projects.
  • Identify and recommend new acquisitions to senior management.
  • Serve as a project manager for an exhibition or program, conceive ideas, and present and discuss the project to senior management.
  • Develop exhibition narrative, checklists, secures loans, assesses conservation needs, writes didactics, creates AV components.
  • Assist in formulating the budget, participates in fundraising, assists in writing grant requests.
  • Collaborate closely with creative and design teams as well as with digital curators on developing content for the app, website, and digital interactives.
  • Collaborate on publication development including writing text for brochures, scholarly catalogs, or other types of publications.
  • Assist the guest curator on exhibition projects.
  • Work with an associate or senior curator or guest curators on exhibitions organized by another institution traveling to the Museum.
  • Work closely with other Academy Museum staff members regarding shipping, layout, and installation of works.
  • Write text for brochures and labels. Contribute and coordinate interpretive programs.
  • Initiate project-related outreach and interpretive programs with the Education and Public Program teams and work with them on innovative interpretive programs geared for a wide range of audiences, including adults, universities, schools, families, and children.
  • Work with Development staff to cultivate individuals, corporations, and foundations that may donate funds and/or goods and services in support of the Museum’s programs.
  • Manage a Research Assistant on project-related duties.
Position Requirements

You Have:

  • An MA in film studies, museum studies, art history or related field, or equivalent professional experience.
  • 3+ years museum experience.
  • Demonstrated experience conceptualizing, researching, planning, and installing exhibitions.
  • Demonstrated experience working with living artists on projects and/or exhibitions.
  • Excellent organizational, prioritization, and time management skills.
  • Ability to execute against multiple, high-priority projects, with a keen attention to detail and excellent follow through.
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills geared toward a wide audience.
  • Great ability for collaborative working methods.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.


Other Requirements:

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required, including any booster vaccinations as applicable.


Our Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision
  • PTO and Sick Time
  • 401(k)



Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Assistant Curator  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Open Date 6/2/2022  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum 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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