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September 2, 2014  |  Intern Chronicles
Ever-Evolving Collections: The Impermanence of the Permanent
Images of Paris, 2014. Photos: Dimitra Nikoloù

Images of Paris, 2014. Photos: Dimitra Nikoloù

Art collections are the face of museums; how a permanent collection is presented speaks to the vision of the museum in the most elementary way. My interest in museum collections and how they are displayed took me to Paris, a city I love, where I was able to explore this confluence of display and institutional vision. Read more

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August 11, 2014  |  Intern Chronicles
Performance Platform Perspectives: A Documentary Project about MPA-Berlin
East Side Gallery/Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, May 26, 2014. Photo: Cindy Yeh

East Side Gallery/Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, May 26, 2014. Photo: Cindy Yeh

Berlin, the Mecca of performance art, a site of reconciliation and growth, and a community of refugees finding their safe space nestled between street art and reclaimed historical spaces. Continuing my work of performance art documentation, I traveled to Berlin to explore current trends in the medium. During the month of May, many performances take place around the world, but MPA-Berlin really caught my eye because of the intensity of its programming for the month. Read more

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July 30, 2014  |  Intern Chronicles
The Past Is Present: Modern and Contemporary Art in Italy

In Italian, un confronto; in English, a comparison, contrast, or confrontation. In New York, old buildings, like Dia:Beacon, are sometimes beautifully repurposed as museums, but more often they are torn down for something new. In Italy, factories and castles are often transformed into modern and contemporary art institutions. The past confronts the present, and the present is enhanced through its relationship to history. Read more

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July 16, 2014  |  Intern Chronicles
MuseumNext: Revelations in New Tech, Digital Innovation, and Trends
Sage Gateshead, one of the venues for MuseumNext 2014. Photo: Marietta Zafirakos

Sage Gateshead, one of the venues for MuseumNext 2014. Photo: Marietta Zafirakos

How do museums innovate, where are museums heading, and where does digital technology fit within these institutions? These questions have been in my mind throughout my studies and during my internship in the Adult and Academic Programs at MoMA. Read more

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June 30, 2014  |  Artists, Intern Chronicles
Art in the Landscape: Exploring Marfa, TX

This May, I had the opportunity to travel to Marfa, Texas, using a generous travel stipend that is one of the fantastic perks of my internship. I’d always wanted to go to Marfa, a small town in West Texas that’s home to site-specific installations by Donald Judd, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Ilya Kabakov, Dan Flavin, and Roni Horn, among others. Read more

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June 26, 2014  |  Intern Chronicles
The Innovation Route: The Journey Is the Destination
First stop, the birth place of innovation as we know it, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; on right: Origins of the V&A. Print showing foreign departments in the Great Exhibition, 1851. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

First stop, the birth place of innovation as we know it, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; on right: Origins of the V&A. Print showing foreign departments in the Great Exhibition, 1851. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

R&D, or research and development, is commonly associated with innovation. Museums, traditionally, are not. Museums are associated with history. Even when displaying contemporary art, they look back into a recent history, not the future. Innovation demands looking into the future, conducting research into the unknown, without a concrete, expected outcome. A leap of faith. Read more

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May 30, 2014  |  Intern Chronicles
Belonging, Equality, and Movement: Tracing Accessible and Inclusive Practices in San Francisco Museums

After a long and cold winter in New York, I found myself waiting outside the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco on a warm and sunny day. As I was waiting for my appointment with the museum’s Education and Access Manager, I was already comparing San Francisco with New York, and my hometown of Istanbul, in terms of accessibility and whether museums in these cities are relevant to people with disabilities. Read more

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May 22, 2014  |  Intern Chronicles
The Big Picture: Media Methods at Newseum

The entrance to Newsueum, Washington, DC. Image courtesy Newseum

The entrance to Newsueum, Washington, DC. Image courtesy Newseum

April in Washington, DC. Cherry blossoms, sunny weather, and an in-depth analysis of one of Washington’s top attractions: the Newseum. Boasting six levels, 15 theaters, and 16 exhibits, the Newseum is one of the largest museums I have ever been to. Functioning as an interactive learning experience and a production facility—Al-Jazeera America broadcasts from the building—the Newseum is structured in a radically different way than MoMA. Read more

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April 23, 2014  |  Intern Chronicles
Free-for-All: Shifting Museum Strategies for the Information Age

Each year, the American Law Institute hosts approximately 250 legal scholars and practitioners from around the country for a continuing education conference called Legal Issues in Museum Administration (LIMA). Attendees are in-house counsel, registrars, private practitioners, museum directors, and students. Read more

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Once Upon a Time: Archives Tales at the Van Abbemuseum

One of the many Contexts vitrines in Once Upon a Time…the Collection Now at the Van Abbemuseum

What kind of stories do a museum’s archives tell when read in tandem with masterpieces in their permanent collections? After allowing me to explore innovative exhibition strategies for archival material last summer, this year, MoMA’s intern travel grant gave me the opportunity to visit a Dutch museum that is contending with that exact question. Read more