Poste, the J. Paul Getty Museum : conservateur de sculpture et d’arts décoratifs

Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Our Mission

The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance and is one of four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust.  The Museum operates two sites, the Getty Villa in Malibu, which exhibits its collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, and the Getty Center in Brentwood, which displays its collections of European art: Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, drawings to 1900, and photography to the present day (including non-European works).  The Museum mounts approximately 25 temporary exhibitions a year across its two sites; maintains an annual permanent gallery improvement program and offers wide-ranging and ambitious programming for its visitors.


The Opportunity

The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks an Curator of Decorative Arts with expertise in French Decorative Arts of the 17th and 18th centuries. This position within the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts will play a key role in a proposed redisplay and reinterpretation of the Museum’s world-renown collection of French Decorative Arts. The successful candidate will have a track-record of curating engaging and meaningful exhibitions and displays of decorative arts and sculpture; the broad art historical background to bring context and insight to the interpretive program; and the ability and willingness to develop compelling and inclusive narratives for diverse audiences. Reporting to the Senior Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, the Curator of Decorative Arts will be a team player, working closely with other curators in the Department, as well as with colleagues from Conservation, Design, Exhibition, Education, Interpretive Content, Registrars, Imaging Services and Preparators. They will also oversee for all the curatorial duties related to the collection and exhibitions, as listed below.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Applies extensive knowledge of art history and art education to advanced curatorial assignments.
  • Develops and oversees the displays and interpretation of the Decorative Arts collection in the permanent galleries incorporating diverse and inclusive stories that introduce new voices and perspectives.
  • Performs advanced scholarly research on the Decorative Arts collection to align with the Getty’s mission.
  • Manages day-to-day operations of assigned collections, including consultation with conservators, imputing information in the database, updating the information for the online collection pages, and answering inquiries about the collection.
  • Recommends potential acquisitions to the senior curator and takes lead role in preparation of acquisitions proposals.
  • Develops and implements significant exhibitions incorporating diverse and inclusive stories that introduce new voices and perspectives.
  • Travels for research, exhibitions and art fairs, and networks internationally to develop working relationship with museum professionals and academics.
  • Publishes and lectures extensively in area of specialization.
  • Gives collection tours for educators, docents, scholars, and the general public.
  • Supervises department interns.


  • Master’s degree in art history, art or art education OR 7-10 yrs of curatorial experience OR Ph.D.
  • Fluency in at least one foreign language (modern or ancient) required
  • Top level contributor in one or more specialized curatorial functions


All employees must be fully-vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as a condition of employment. Exemptions from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation due to medical contraindication, disability or sincerely held religious belief or practice will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ph.D. preferred in the field of European Decorative Arts during 17th and 18th centuries.
  • Expertise in French Decorative Arts of the 17th and 18th centuries, including scholarly publications in the field.
  • Excellent knowledge of French (spoken and written); reading knowledge in a second language preferred.
  • Seven+ years of curatorial experience in museums preferred.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent writing and proofing skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Good knowledge and experience of TMS database system.
  • Proven experience dealing with confidential information.


Equal Opportunity Employer

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status.

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion at Getty

Getty believes diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion are essential to our excellence and to the execution of our mission. The Getty community values differences in the pursuit of inquiry and knowledge, mutual understanding, respect, trust, transparency, and cooperation. We are committed to creating a diverse and welcoming workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve and includes individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Individuals of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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