The Broad is a high-profile contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the museum offers free general admission and presents an active program of rotating temporary exhibitions and innovative audience engagement. The Broad is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is one of the world’s leading collections of postwar and contemporary art. The museum, which opened in September 2015, welcomes more than 900,000 visitors per year.
The 120,000-square-foot building features two floors of gallery space and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library, which has actively loaned collection works to museums around the world since 1984.
The Broad’s art collection is distinctive in the exceptional depth of its holdings and dedication to the full arc of artists’ careers. Developed over five decades, the collection is the result of the long and enduring engagement with art by Eli and Edythe Broad. Providing public access to the collection has been a central commitment of the Broads’ philanthropy; before opening the museum, the Broads shared their collection with the public by loaning artworks to institutions all over the world. Today, the museum continues to lend collection artworks to other institutions generously.
The Broad has taken an intentional, contemporary, and progressive approach to founding and operating the museum, reimagining the 21st century museum experience to create a welcoming, accessible, and inclusive environment—from the museum’s physical design to its online ticketing, to its approach to visitor engagement. The Broad’s innovations have been implemented at other institutions across the country, and the museum is seen as a thought leader in the industry.
The Broad’s approach to the art museum experience has consistently attracted a young and diverse visitorship since opening: 63% of visitors identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) (compared to 27% at art museums nationwide) and 60% are under the age of 35.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Broad is seeking a limited-term Curatorial Assistant to support collection research and maintenance, collection installations, and special exhibitions. Reporting to the Curator and Publications Manager and Curator and Exhibitions Manager, the Curatorial Assistant performs administrative and research tasks related to the Broad collection and the planning and implementing of exhibitions that will open to the public in 2022 and spring 2023.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
· Conducts research, maintains checklists, and writes object labels for installations of collection works in The Broad’s 3rd floor skylit galleries with the Curators.
· Develops biographical timelines, conducts research, and maintains checklists for 1st floor special exhibitions with the Curators.
· Assists with loan correspondence and tracking, exhibition production, and installation with the Curator and Exhibitions Manager and Registrar.
· Contributes research, writing, and editing and assists with image permissions and all other tasks related to The Broad publications with the Curator and Publications Manager.
· Under supervision of Curators, writes and presents interpretive content on collection artists and artworks and on artists in consideration for acquisition.
· Develops training materials for Visitor Experience team members on special exhibitions with the Curators.
· Gives tours of The Broad 3rd floor skylit galleries and 1st-floor special exhibitions as assigned.
· Revises and updates website content as assigned.
· Facilitates outgoing loan process including generating acceptance or declination letters with the Director’s Office.
· Conducts research on collection works including updating exhibition histories in Embark with the Curators.
· Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Art, Curatorial Studies, Museum Studies, or related field; a proven record of research, writing, and production preferred.
· Demonstrated interest in modern and contemporary art; commitment to expanding art historical narratives to become more diverse and inclusive.
· Ability to conduct, analyze, and organize primary and secondary research.
· Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
· Ability to write for a public audience and support the museum’s voice and style.
· Exceptional attention to detail with proven ability to effectively manage multiple priorities.
· Ability to creatively troubleshoot, think critically, work independently, and effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams.
· Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
· Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (primarily Illustrator and Photoshop) a plus.
· Basic knowledge of Embark, TMS, or other collections management databases a plus.
· Bilingual in English and Spanish or another language a plus.
· Physical demands: Work with books, files, and computers. Additional movement through galleries during tours, installations, and work related to interpretive content.
· Work environment: This position is temporarily remote and involves both remote work (from home) and onsite work as needed. Open office floorplan with a collaborative environment.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR MUSEUM STAFF
- Approach work with integrity and honesty.
- Support and demonstrate the museum’s culture of developing a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible environment for staff, contract staff, vendors, and visitors.
- Demonstrate and practice cultural awareness/sensitivity to all programs and services the museum provides.
COVID SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
- All employees must comply with The Broad’s COVID-19 vaccine policy. All newly hired staff must show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination within 45 days of hire.
- Adhere to all safety measures and guidelines
- Ability to wear a mask during your scheduled work shifts
- Ability to adhere to a health screen in compliance with health and safety guidelines as outlined by LA County Department of Public Health.
- Must adhere to COVID-19 policies and procedures.
The Curatorial Assistant position is a limited-term position through spring 2023 and will be scheduled to work 32-36 hours each week. The Curatorial Assistant must have the ability to work flexible hours on occasion to support team/museum priorities, needs, and events.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
$27 per hour. This position is eligible for medical, vision, dental, and vacation benefits.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The Broad is an equal opportunity employer, and we aspire to reflect the diversity of Los Angeles in both our staff and our visitors. It is the practice of The Broad to offer equal opportunity consistent with applicable federal and state law in all aspects of employment. All employment decisions will be made in compliance with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles), religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, medical condition (as defined by California law and including Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), actual or perceived), genetic information, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, having filed a discrimination complaint or any other status protected by applicable law. The Broad believes that by actively building a diverse workforce we can innovate, inspire, and engage with the widest possible audience.
The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.
*Reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified candidates with disabilities in accordance with the ADA and the ADAAA.