Reports to: Chief Conservator
General Responsibilities: The Assistant Objects Conservator undertakes research, condition assessments, environmental monitoring, and treatments related to the care and preservation of three-dimensional objects in the care of the Menil Collection. All work must be performed in accordance with the American Institute for Conservation’s Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.
- Maintain artworks on view (both indoors and outdoors) or in storage by regularly monitoring the objects and their environments, and by performing regular surface cleaning as appropriate for each object.
- Respond to incidents involving damage or potential damage to artwork and, analyzing the specifics of each instance, communicate with departments across the museum to mitigate future risk.
- Prepare artworks for exhibition, loan, or permanent gallery rotation.
- Serve as conservation department liaison for selected Menil Collection temporary exhibitions.
- Determine exhibition, handling, storage, and packing requirements for objects in the collection that will be exhibited or loaned.
- Coordinate with Art Services and Exhibition Design to develop safe solutions for exhibition casework and decking.
- Assess and report on the condition of specific artworks requested for loan prior to departure and upon return from travel outside the Menil Collection.
- Report on the condition of artworks borrowed by the Menil Collection for temporary exhibitions.
- Coordinate mount making, schedule artwork movements, and request photography of artwork as needed for exhibition, treatment or loan.
- Assist with installations and de-installations as needed/where appropriate.
- Perform occasional domestic and international courier duties.
- Select non-exhibition-driven treatment projects in consultation with the chief conservator and associate objects conservator, and gather information necessary for the creation of project budgets based on project needs.
- Assess the condition of artworks presented for purchase by or gift to the Menil Collection.
- Assess the condition of artworks acquired by the Menil Collection, ensuring all necessary information is gathered and submitted to the object’s permanent records.
- Conduct technical studies on the materials and techniques of artists represented in the Menil Collection, coordinating analysis and research with Research Scientist and Curators.
- Engage with artists, their studio assistants, or estates to document working practices, materials, and installation parameters, either in written form or on video for the Artists Documentation Program (ADP).
- Assist Conservation Imaging Specialist in the imaging of large or complex artworks.
- Attend professional meetings and give lectures or publish papers.
- Assist in the general maintenance and upkeep of the conservation studio.
- Investigate and advise on the purchase of equipment.
Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience and start date is flexible. Please send a curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references, and a letter of intent to: Human Resources, The Menil Collection, 1511 Branard Street, Houston, Texas 77006 or fax it to 713-525-9476. Application materials may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.