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June 7, 2016  |  Intern Chronicles
Architecture and Islands
The view from Mori Tower, looking northeast. Photo: Anna Blair

The view from Mori Tower, looking northeast. Photo: Anna Blair

On my first evening in Tokyo I looked out from the Mori Art Museum, on the 53rd floor of Mori Tower, and saw only the city, stretching to the horizon in every direction. Tokyo doesn’t seem to have any periphery, from this vantage point, but instead has multiple centers—and highways hinting at other centers unseen. Read more

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June 3, 2016  |  Intern Chronicles
Why So Siloed? Costs and Benefits of Interdisciplinary Approaches in Museums
On the wall at Science Museum, London. Photo: Veena Vijayakumar

On the wall at Science Museum, London. Photo: Veena Vijayakumar

I remember a high school chemistry teacher of mine singing a song about hydrogen and then asking our class to create our own piece (poem, painting, performance, anything) about our favorite element on the periodic table. Needless to say I will not forget the atomic mass of neon anytime soon. This combination of seemingly disparate disciplines not only allowed appreciation for both, but also lent to an enriched experience for us students. Read more

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May 24, 2016  |  Intern Chronicles
Old Buildings, New Histories: Space and Curatorial Practice in Vienna and Berlin
Anselm Kiefer. Woglinde and Die Reintöchter from the Rheingold series. 1982–2013. Woodcut and paper collage on canvas. Installation view, Anselm Kiefer: The Woodcuts, Albertina, March 18–June 19, 2016. Photo: Genevieve Lipinsky de Orlov

Anselm Kiefer. Woglinde and Die Reintöchter from the Rheingold series. 1982–2013. Woodcut and paper collage on canvas. Installation view, Anselm Kiefer: The Woodcuts, Albertina, March 18–June 19, 2016. Photo: Genevieve Lipinsky de Orlov

As a New Yorker, one of the most striking differences in visiting museums abroad is how sparsely populated they can be. On any given day at MoMA it is rare for a visitor to find herself alone in a gallery. During my two-week stay in Vienna and Berlin I happily found myself alone, or in the company of very few, in every museum. Read more

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May 12, 2016  |  Intern Chronicles
Changing Lenses: Two Museums, One Exhibition
Installation view of Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 20–July 31, 2016. Photo: Annikka Olsen

Installation view of Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 20–July 31, 2016. Photo: Annikka Olsen

I’m no stranger to Los Angeles. Not only is it where I attended undergraduate school, it’s where my husband’s family lives, and where I had my first museum internship. Last month, as part of MoMA’s 12-Month Internship program, I was offered the invaluable opportunity to revisit my old city from a new perspective: that of researcher. I began my trip with an ambitious laundry list of museums, galleries, and exhibitions, but what sparked my interest the most was the chance to see the exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium Read more

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Museum Museum: From Marcel Broodthaers to Hito Steyerl

A visitor to MoMA’s current Marcel Broodthaers: A Retrospective exhibition must traverse a sea of potted palms to enter the galleries. The palms, along with a series of prints hanging on the surrounding walls, comprise a work entitled L’entrée de l’exposition (The entry to the exhibition). 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 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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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