Chrysler Museum of Art
My primary role was to assess the contents and condition of the museum’s print collection, one of the first steps towards the Chrysler’s goal of opening a print study room. Working with my supervisor, Brock Curator of American Art Alex Mann. I examined each print to determine the printmaking technique, type of paper and dimensions, and I updated the object’s record in the Museum System (TMS). In addition to assessing the print collection, I designed a rotation of nightmarish prints for the Romanticism gallery. Alex and I chose a location within the museum where a display of prints would work both aesthetically and thematically. I wrote didactic labels for each object, as well as a description of the rotation. Beyond this exhibition, the Chrysler plans to continue displaying prints in the galleries more frequently.
As the IFPDA Curatorial Intern in Prints, I was given freedom for research related to the Chrysler’s collection as well as guidance and mentorship from Alex and other members of the Chrysler staff. I attended conversations with community members providing feedback on a proposed show, exhibition planning and design meetings, weekly curatorial meetings, tours, and all-staff events. My internship at the Chrysler helped me to not only learn more about printmaking, but also gain a better understanding of the curatorial profession. I am grateful to the IFPDA for funding this opportunity, and to Alex Mann and the Chrysler for creating an experience that was welcoming, memorable and enriching.