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Exhibitions 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.

Reporting to the Vice President of Curatorial Affairs, this position will be a part of the curatorial senior management team and help inform decisions around department strategy and future planning. The Exhibitions Curator is responsible for conceptualizing and realizing exhibitions of different scales ranging from major thematic or monographic shows to more focused smaller-scale exhibitions, as well as art projects and events. This position drives all aspects of exhibition creation and collaborates with exhibition design and production, creative and graphic design, collections and loan registration, conservation, exhibition planning, and publication departments on the execution of an exhibition. You will also work with the Film Programming and Education & Public Engagement Departments to create mission-driven content beyond exhibitions. You will also identify and recommend new acquisitions as part of the Museum’s collecting mission and mandate, and manage Associate Curators, Assistant Curators, Curatorial Assistants, and Research Assistants as applicable.

You Will:

  • Form part of the senior management team of the curatorial department and contribute to departmental development and exhibition schedule planning.
  • Conceptualize, organize, and lead exhibition projects on all scales.
  • Work with film artists on co-curating collaborations. You will also present as required to museum leadership and governance boards and committees.
  • Negotiate with institutions, lenders, artists, and other external collaborators in collaboration with the Exhibition Planning team.
  • 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.
  • Develop exhibition narrative and checklists, secure loans, assess conservation needs, write didactics, create AV components, and/or guide junior staff in this work.
  • As a project manager for an exhibition of any scale or artist collaboration, formulate the budget, participate in fundraising, and write grant requests in conjunction with the development team.
  • Manage and mentor junior curatorial staff.
  • Collaborate with creative and design teams along with digital curators on developing content for the app, website, and digital interactives.
  • Collaborate with the publications team on publication development. For exhibition catalogs, you will drive the creative vision, conceptualize the book or catalog, identify and engage contributors, and may write essays.
  • Serve as a collaborator to write texts for other publication projects (print or digital).
  • Serve as project lead for Academy Museum touring exhibitions, as well as shows organized by other institutions traveling to the Academy Museum. In this capacity, the Exhibitions Curator will work closely with other Academy Museum staff members to deliver comprehensive tour packages.
  • Initiate project-related outreach and interpretive programs with Education and Public Program teams and work with them on innovative interpretive programs geared for a wide range of audiences.
  • Will work with the Development staff to cultivate individuals, corporations, and foundations that may donate funds and/or goods and services in support of the museum’s programs.
  • Engage the public and disseminate knowledge on the Academy collections and programs and film history in general through mission-critical exhibitions, publications, lectures, symposia, gallery talks, and other innovative public programs.
  • Represent the Museum in media outlets or other public platforms as required.
Position Requirements

You Have:

  • An MA in film studies, museum studies, art history, related field, or equivalent professional experience; PhD preferred.
  • 8+ years of museum experience, with at least 4 years in an Associate Curator or Curator role.
  • Significant demonstrated experience conceptualizing, researching, planning, and installing exhibitions.
  • Demonstrated experience working with living artists on projects and/or exhibitions.
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills demonstrated through public speaking engagements and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Excellent organizational, prioritization, and time management skills; ability to execute against multiple, high-priority projects, with keen attention to detail and excellent follow-through.
  • Highly developed written and verbal communications skills geared toward a wide audience, with a record of high-quality published work.
  • Great ability for collaborative and collegiate working methods.
  • Experience managing staff.
  • 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 Exhibitions 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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