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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

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November 27, 2014  |  Viewpoints
Happy Thanksgiving from MoMA!
Joan Brown. Thanksgiving Turkey. 1959. Oil on canvas, 47 7/8 x 47 7/8" (121.5 x 121.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Larry Aldrich Foundation Fund

Joan Brown. Thanksgiving Turkey. 1959. Oil on canvas, 47 7/8 x 47 7/8″ (121.5 x 121.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Larry Aldrich Foundation Fund

From all of us at MoMA, thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm throughout the year. Happy Thanksgiving! Read more

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September 11, 2014  |  Intern Chronicles
Paris Photo Los Angeles: A Photographic Celebration

It was around the end of April and I was still suffering from the cold of my first winter in New York, when I had the opportunity to choose a professional travel destination as a MoMA intern in the Department of Photography. And what better escape could there be than a photographic journey to California? Read more

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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