Job Opening – Curatorial Intern (4/2009)

2009 April 8

Long Beach Museum of Art Curatorial Internship

Position: Curatorial Intern
Department:  Exhibitions & Collections
Supervisor: Primary-Haley Doty, Collections Cataloguer; Secondary-Amy Grimm, Assistant Curator

Under the guidance of the Collections Cataloguer, the Curatorial Intern will assist in two major department projects over the course of the 10 weeks: World Wide Video and the Wood Access Project, an online cataloguing project for the Museum’s collection of wood art.  Both of these projects involve research. The Curatorial Intern will work approximately 50 percent of the time on each of the two projects. The World Wide Video project will entail organizing materials for the curatorial Team, handling requests for publications and videotapes, and contacting artists for fact checking biographical information. The Wood Access Project requires research of artists whose works in contemporary wood have recently been acquired by the Museum. This will also require biographical fact-checking. Both projects will eventually result in exhibitions, so the intern will have the experience of participating in the exhibition planning process.

The Curatorial Intern will have significant training in the research process for (1) exhibition planning and (2) collections management. Because the Wood Access Project will result in both an exhibition and online access to the Museum’s contemporary wood art collection, the intern will be able to learn about artist and object file records, copyright issues, photography requests, and of course, contemporary wood art. The World Wide Video project will also result in both a publication and a book and will entail the same learning opportunities regarding artists’ copyrights, preparation of exhibition checklists, and the history of video art. The intern will be involved in all Department meetings, Wood Access Project staff meetings, all-staff meetings, and exhibition planning meetings.

The Museum’s staff size is small in number and so the Intern will have ample opportunity to learn about many operations of the Museum in the course of the summer including meeting staff members in Development, Membership, Education, and, Operations. The Curatorial intern will report directly to Haley Doty, Collections Cataloguer who manages the Wood Access Project. Past Getty interns have had significant experience in research by working with Haley Doty on the Ceramics Access Project (now online) and the current Modern Access Project. The Intern will work closely with the Assistant Curator Amy Grimm for Exhibitions on the World Wide Video project.

The Museum provides a desk, phone, files, and computer station in the Department Library.

Application can be downloaded at the Museum’s website: http://www.lbma.org/employ.html#curatorial_internship
All applications must be RECEIVED by Friday, April 24th, 2009.

Application process: Download a Long Beach Museum of Art application form for the Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship – Curatorial. Return the completed form and all supplementary materials to the Long Beach Museum of Art by April 24th. Selected Applicants will be asked to come to the Museum for an interview during the week of May 4th – May 8th. Only one Curatorial internship position is available.

The selected applicant will receive a $3500 stipend for the duration of the 10 week internship.
For more information contact Haley Doty at haleyd@lbma.org. No phone calls please.

The Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internships are intended for members of groups under-represented in the professions related to museums and the visual arts: individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent. Interns can be enrolled in all areas of undergraduate study and need not have demonstrated a previous study of the visual arts to be eligible.

Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship Requirements include:
(1)   Applicant must be a currently enrolled undergrad and have completed at least one semester of college by June 2009, and
(2)   Applicant will not graduate before December 2009, and
(3)   Applicant must be a resident of, or attend college in, Los Angeles County.
(4)   If applicant has worked as a Getty multicultural summer intern at the Long Beach Museum of Art in the past, s/he is not eligible to apply to the Long Beach Museum of Art again, although s/he would be eligible to apply to another arts organization.
(5)   Getty multicultural summer interns who have worked at more than two other organizations as Getty summer interns are not eligible.
(6)   Interns must be available for employment for 10 consecutive weeks starting June 1 at the earliest, and ending by August 21.

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