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July 6-August 11, 2017
The Institute for Curatorial Practice Paid Internship Program is open to any undergraduate student who attends the 2017 Institute for Curatorial Practice.
Interns work with museum professionals and faculty on a single, contained project over 5 weeks. Interns also participate in an internship seminar once a week to troubleshoot research, design, and work challenges in internship projects, and continue theoretical and practical explorations of curatorial practices.
The internship stipend for summer 2017 is $2,000.
Interns are eligible for on-campus housing at no cost; all other off-campus housing arrangements are the responsibility of the intern. Meal plans are available for purchase by the intern.
Supervisor: Taliesin Nyala, Museums10 coordinator (Five Colleges Inc.)
Internship description: The intern will work with the Museums10 coordinator and a task force of museum educators to improve and expand the museums10.org educational resources page. This project will include developing curricular guides alongside temporary exhibitions throughout Museums10 for the fall of 2017, finding and articulating thematic connections between objects and exhibitions that will be relevant to Five College faculty looking to incorporate museum visits and direct object study in their teaching, and to K-12 teachers working within Common Core frameworks. The project will also include work on a long-term system for a shared Museums10 exhibitions and events calendar, through which educators and other museum patrons will more easily be able to plan immediate and future visits.
Qualifications: Strong writing skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and great attention to detail. Interest and experience in art/museum education.
Supervisor: Jane Wald, executive director
Internship description: The Emily Dickinson Museum wants to create a media experience or tour of the Dickinson Homestead that will serve several purposes: First, interpretation for a general public audience with dynamic media; second, marketing and promotion on expanded platforms to engage new potential audiences; and third, universal access: with a historic house, access to the second floor is limited to those who can climb stairs or who have no hearing or sight challenges. The ultimate goal of the internship is production of a media experience of the Dickinson Homestead that is keyed, in an elastic sense, to the guided tour offered to the public. The selection of media may depend upon the skills and interests of the intern. The intern will be expected to take an immersive leap into learning about Emily Dickinson’s life and poetry, consult with senior staff and docents about interpretive objectives, draft/script a media experience, and execute the plan with appropriate technologies. Ideally, the program or clips could be made available in some or all of the following ways: mounted on the museum's website, transmitted via social media, accessed by mobile devices and in-house tablets. The product of the internship would serve both off-site and on-site general audience and those with mobility or sensory disabilities.
Qualifications: Interest in one or more of the following: literature, poetry, historic house museums, material culture. Strong ability to convey facts and concepts in writing and visually. Skills and experience in video, audio, and web production preferred.
Supervisor(s): Kendra Weisbin, assistant curator of education and/or Hannah Blunt, associate curator, Mount Holyoke College Art MuseumInternship description: Create a digital guide for an upcoming exhibition (Fall 2017) featuring a single channel video work by William Kendridge, Tango for Page Turning (2012-13).
The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum recently teamed up with five other museums to form the New Media Arts Consortium, which acquires and shares ownership of digital, interactive, and new media works. Partners include the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Colby College Museum of Art, the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, and the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College.
The consortium’s first acquisition, Tango for Page Turning (2012-13), is a video exploring themes of time, relativity, black holes, and string theory. This work, by South African artist William Kentridge, is shared among the institutions and each museum retains a copy of the video. While the work can only be shown publicly at one institution at a time, it can be used in teaching at any time.
Tango for Page Turning will be on exhibition at MHCAM in the fall of 2017, and is expected to support courses in cinema studies, studio art, dance, gender studies, philosophy, and others. A digital exhibition guide will make the work more accessible to classes from different disciplines as well as the general public. It will fit the format of other exhibition guides on our recently redesigned website, and could include supplementary content (i.e. film stills, digital images of preparatory drawings, related works, links to interviews, etc.) to be determined based on the intern’s research.
Qualifications: Exceptional research and writing skills, and with an interest in contemporary art and new media. More focus on the rich content of this guide versus the design elements. There may also be an opportunity for the intern to contribute a short essay on the Kentridge work to our fall newsletter.
Supervisor: Jennifer King, director of the libraryInternship description: What is behind the image? Working with the Lisle Collection of the History of Photography and faculty member Elaine Mayes’s photographs the ICP intern will develop a physical and online exhibition showing the relationship between the camera and the image and the photographer and image. The internship will combine practical digital preservation and image reproduction work. The intern will be trained to digitized photographs using archival standards, and will digitize the 30 color portraits made of Hampshire students by faculty member and photographer Elaine Mayes in the early 70s. The intern will identify cameras in the Lisle Collection of Historic Photography and connect the camera to an image(s). The outcome of the project will include an online collection of Elaine Mayes photographs, and online exhibition connecting her photographs to the Lisle Collection, and a physical exhibit in a case in the Harold F. Johnson Library. The intern will be expected to research and write exhibit text. The goals of the project will be scaled to match the intern’s experience and the speed with which they adapt technology available for an online exhibit.Qualifications: Strong research and writing skills, preferably with a background in the history of photography and/or archives. Basic web design skills and/or experience in content management systems (i.e. WordPress) preferred.
Supervisor: Ellen Keiter, chief curatorInternship description: The intern will help develop a new initiative (yet to be named) that features selected artwork from the permanent collection on the Eric Carle Museum’s website and various social media platforms. The Museum’s collection includes work by illustrators such as Eric Carle, Leo Lionni, William Steig, Ashley Bryan, Maurice Sendak, and Rosemary Wells. The internship project will require researching select artwork: information about the artist, publication, media, and provenance; locating an existing digital file or producing a new image; and seeking copyright permission for online reproduction. The goal of the project is 20 artworks. Ultimately, these spotlights will be published and distributed to the Carle Museum’s audiences, and added to The Carle’s digital collections database, now in beginning stages.Qualifications: Strong research and writing skills a must. Attention to detail and accuracy. Trained, or willing to be trained, in proper handling of original art.
Internship description: The intern will have a lead role in formulating and organizing programming for the 2017 summer exhibition at the Hampshire College Art Gallery, which invites alumni poets to translate their work as installation and/or performance. Presented in conjunction with the 5th annual Amherst Poetry Festival organized by the Emily Dickinson Museum, the exhibition engages with relationships between text and image, as well as new trends in museum work of curating performance and poetry. The intern will first conduct a field scan of models, trends, and challenges in curating poetry and performance. Using information gathered from this state of the field, the intern will then propose and plan a series of events geared toward three distinct audiences: a K-12 class, Five College students, and a broad public.
Qualifications: Strong writing, interpersonal, and organizational/logistical skills. Interest and experience in art/museum education or public programming, and interest in contemporary art and literature, preferred.