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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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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 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