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August 26, 2015  |  Intern Chronicles
Time Travel: Juxtapositions in Italy
Installation view of Jenny Holzer: War Paintings, Museo Correr, May 7–November 22, 2015. Photo: Heidi Hirschl

Installation view of Jenny Holzer: War Paintings, Museo Correr, May 7–November 22, 2015. Photo: Heidi Hirschl

Traveling to the Venice Biennale and Milan for the first time, I expected to find myself exposed to a variety of curatorial approaches and institutions in an international setting. From a massive global biennial to private museums and foundations, my destinations would offer a very different perspective, approach, and geography for exhibitions. Read more

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August 5, 2015  |  Intern Chronicles
A Milestone for Postcolonial Thought: Examining Art and Race in Florence and Venice

“The world is a mass of intractable ills on which art must shed light…. This is not the time for art as an object of contemplation or delight, much less a market commodity—certainly not in a public exhibition whose chief responsibility is to stimulate debate.” –Roberta Smith Read more

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July 29, 2015  |  Artists, Viewpoints
A Van Gogh Pilgrimage on the 125th Anniversary of His Death
From left: Vincent van Gogh. Terrace of a Café at Night (Place du Forum). c. September 1888. Oil on canvas, 80.7 x 65.3 cm. Kröller-Müller Museum; Café Nuit, Arles. Photo by Alex Roediger

From left: Vincent van Gogh. Terrace of a Café at Night (Place du Forum). c. September 1888. Oil on canvas, 80.7 x 65.3 cm. Kröller-Müller Museum; Café Nuit, Arles. Photo by Alex Roediger

July 29, 2015, is the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death. This past spring I fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams by taking a trip to Europe to follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps. As a teenager I checked out every library book about Van Gogh, and eventually read the unabridged three-volume set of letters he wrote to his brother, Theo. With so much time having passed, I was eager to see if anything from Van Gogh’s time had survived. Read more

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July 7, 2015  |  Intern Chronicles
Where Can I Find Home in the Art of Other Places?
Virginia Overell. “the sea is not a metaphor” (salt on window). Installation view at Nanna Stjernholm Jepsen’s home gallery Vaerelset, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015. Photo: Hannah Felt Garner

Virginia Overell. “the sea is not a metaphor” (salt on window). Installation view at Nanna Stjernholm Jepsen’s home gallery Vaerelset, Copenhagen, 2015. Photo: Hannah Felt Garner

These were two dissonant cities. Copenhagen is smooth as butter, all its surfaces calm and uniform. A local artist-run scene is thriving there, supported by government grants and a stable society. Berlin is sutured by construction cranes. So many closed sidewalks and temporary walkways; so much dust. Berlin’s international art scene emerged out of gaps in its social structure, in buildings left vacant years ago. Read more

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June 30, 2015  |  Intern Chronicles
Making Architecture Accessible: Architectural Adventures in Chicago
Chicago skyline, taken from Grant Park. Photo: Jessie Parsons

Chicago skyline, taken from Grant Park. Photo: Jessie Parsons

In early May I set out on a four-day journey to Chicago, Illinois. I began the trip wondering how architectural organizations in Chicago, a city so densely packed with renowned buildings and structures, approach the challenge of engaging their viewers with these works. How can architecture be made more accessible? What techniques are used? Curated exhibitions of images, models, and research, or tours and activities that physically involve the structures? What methods have been found to be the most successful? Read more

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June 2, 2015  |  Intern Chronicles
Art in the Age of “So What?”: Using Narrative to Spark Educational Engagement
The author poses with Michael Heizer's sculpture Levitated Mass at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Photo: Kerri Kearse

The author poses with Michael Heizer’s sculpture Levitated Mass at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Photo: Emily Lytle-Painter

How many times have we overheard visitors looking at Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel or an Abstract Expressionist work for the first time wonder aloud, “But why is this art? How did this make it into a museum?” (And, let’s be honest, how many times have we seen a new piece and silently asked ourselves the exact same thing?) Read more

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May 5, 2015  |  Intern Chronicles
Is There Room for Radicalism? A Trip to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo
Museo de Arte Contemporânea, Niterói. Photo: Leticia Gutierrez

Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Niterói. Photo: Leticia Gutierrez

The ideas of experimentation and radicalism live under a worldwide umbrella of cultural institutions. Social practice, community engagement, and the very meaning of the act of teaching are often part of the research pool we use to consider the responsibilities of cultural institutions in their attempts to provide aesthetic experiences. When we talk about experimentation, are we all operating by the same definition? Read more

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April 28, 2015  |  Intern Chronicles
Archives on Display: Activating the Past, Challenging the Present
Hrair Sarkissian. istory. 2011. Archival inkjet print, 150 x 190 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Kalfayan Galleries, Athens – Thessaloniki

Hrair Sarkissian. istory. 2011. Archival inkjet print, 150 x 190 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Kalfayan Galleries, Athens – Thessaloniki

As an intern in the MoMA Archives, my favorite part of the day is paging through the material that our researchers have requested. Though pulling document files doesn’t seem like the most exciting task in the world, it is for me, because it’s the exact moment when archives come alive. Sitting in the stacks in hundreds of archival boxes, these documents are inactive forces of potential energy waiting to be picked up. Read more

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April 21, 2015  |  Intern Chronicles
Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo: From “City of God” to Cities of People
The Rio Museum of Art. Photo: Athnina Balopoulou

The Rio Museum of Art. Photo: Athina Balopoulou

As urban sociologist Robert Park wrote, the city is “man’s most consistent and on the whole, his most successful attempt to remake the world he lives in more after his heart’s desire.” However, how aware are we of our right to reinvent the city, and not just access what is presented to us? How much more creative and human-centered could we be when rethinking the processes of urbanization? Read more

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March 11, 2015  |  Design, Viewpoints
Paola Antonelli on Curating, MoMA’s Collection, and Design Today: A Reddit AMA Recap

Paola Antonelli, Director of Research and Development, and Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Photo: Robin Holland

Paola Antonelli, Director of Research and Development, and Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robin Holland

Last week, MoMA’s senior curator of Architecture and Design and director of R&D, Paola Antonelli, answered questions for Reddit users as part of the interview series Ask Me Anything (AMA). Having just reinstalled MoMA’s design galleries for the exhibition This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good—which includes several new acquisitions, including the @ symbol and the Wyss Institute’s Human Organs-on-Chips—Antonelli offered some insights into her work, MoMA’s collection, and the future of design. Read more