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Posted: 02/01/2011

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Conservation Center

With 100,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States. A museum of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programs, and research facilities that attract nearly a million visitors annually.

Associate Conservator, Watts Towers
Professional Opportunity
Los Angeles, CA

The Conservation Center of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is seeking a temporary, full-time, associate conservator who will be responsible for the day-to-day care and maintenance of the Watts Towers of Simon Rodia (Watts Towers State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA). The Watts Towers is a collection of 17 interconnected structures, two of which reach heights of over 99 feet. The Towers were built by Italian immigrant construction worker Sabato ("Sam" or "Simon") Rodia in his spare time over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. The armatures of the structures are constructed from steel pipes and rods, wrapped with wire mesh, coated with mortar that is embedded with pieces of glass, tile, porcelain, and sea shells. Working alone, Rodia built the structures entirely by hand using no special equipment or predetermined design.

The incumbent will be responsible for the implementation of minor repairs and restorations under the direction of the Conservation Center as well as the training and supervision of volunteers and hourly workers. The conservator will also review current repair and maintenance procedures and assist in the development of new and/or improved approaches to the preservation of the Towers. The incumbent will report to the Senior Conservation Scientist at the Conservation Center at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Minimum requirements: Masterís degree in art conservation or architectural conservation as well as three to five years related experience and/or training. The successful candidate must be conversant with standard software for writing reports and processing images. Clear oral communication skills and a desire to work cooperatively with curatorial, conservation and scientific staff are essential. Experience with the conservation of concrete sculptures and/or structures is desirable.

Applications: This position will be available beginning April 1, 2011. Title and salary will be commensurate with experience. A competitive benefits package is provided. Position is open until filled.

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Submit letter of intent, resume and the names and contact information for three professional references to Gerrie Maloof, Director of Human Resources, Human Resources Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, losd Angeles, CA 90036; Phone: (323) 857-6067 (with copies to Dr. Mark Gilberg, Director, Conservation Center, LACMA; mgilberg@lacma.org): Fax: (323) 857-4720 E-Mail: jobs@lacma.org
Mark Gilberg
Phone: (323) 857-4750
Fax: (323) 857-4754
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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