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Internship Posting at the Harvard Art Museums

From the Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Fall 2019 Registrar’s Office Internship
Collections Management, Harvard Art Museums

The Harvard Art Museums’ Department of Collections Management is accepting applications for an Intern to assist with a variety of projects in the Registrar’s Office.

About the Harvard Art Museums:

The Harvard Art Museums, ranked among the world’s leading art institutions, is comprised of three museums (Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler) and four research centers (Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art, the Harvard Art Museums Archives, and the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis). The museums have played a leading role in the development of art history, conservation, and conservation science, and in the evolution of the art museum as an institution. Through research, teaching, professional training, and public education, the museums strive to advance the understanding and appreciation of art. Integral to Harvard University and the wider community, the museums and research centers serve as resources for students, scholars, and the public.

Description:

This internship will provide an introduction to the practical aspect of managing fine art collections in a major museum and introduce the successful candidate to the museums’ cataloguing and temporary loan processes. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to:

  • Work alongside Registrars for the Collection – Katie Press and Karoline Mansur – to assist with the management, archiving and possible digitization of collections management records.
  • Work closely with the Registrars to archive temporary loan records, re-house original museum documents for safer access, and assist with other ongoing projects as needed.
  • Gain experience tracking museum objects through research into original collection files and the electronic collection database The Museums System (TMS).
  • Please note that this internship is unpaid.

Term:

  • September – December 2019 with flexible start and end dates.
  • 8-16 hours (1-2 full days) a week between 9am – 5pm (Mon., Thurs and Friday are preferred)

Location:

This internship would take place at our Somerville Research Facility, 200 Inner Belt Rd., Somerville, MA. There is free parking onsite as well as a complimentary shuttle that leaves from the Museums in Cambridge every hour. More details are available here.

Qualifications:

  • The student must receive credit for this internship in order to be eligible.
  • The internship is open to graduate or undergraduate students.
  • Comfortable working in Excel, Word, and with data entry. Training in TMS will be provided.
  • A willingness to learn, ask questions, and accept feedback is essential.

How to Apply:

Please forward a letter of interest and resume to Claire Burns, Collections Management Coordinator at claire_burns@harvard.edu

Application Deadline: August 27, 2019

Weekly Jobs Round-Up

We’ve got a long list for you today – here are the job listings from the last week and a half. Happy hunting!

Northeast:

Senior Manager, Board Relations and Artistic Planning / Handel and Haydn Society (Boston, MA)
Sanctuary Director: Nantucket Sanctuaries / Mass Audobon (Lincoln, MA)
Human Resources Business Partner, Hiring and Compensation / The Trustees of Reservations (Boston, MA)
Leadership & Planned Giving Coordinator / Museum of Science (Boston, MA)
Brain Building Together (BBT) Explorer / Discovery Museum (Acton, MA)
Director of Education & Volunteer Programs / Zoo New England (Boston, MA)
Adult Learning Fellow / The Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA)
Education Associate I, Live Presentations / Museum of Science (Boston, MA)
Teaching Artists – Workshops Winter/Spring 2020 / Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA)
Education Associate / Old South Meeting House (Boston, MA)
Civics Education and Visitor Experience Internship / Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate (Boston, MA)
Development Assistant II / Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA)
Program Coordinator / Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield, MA)
Program Officer: Community Initiative / Mass Cultural Council (Boston, MA)
Educator / Old North Church & Historic Site (Boston, MA)
Old North (Clough House) Costumed Educators / Old North Church & Historic Site (Boston, MA)
Executive Director / Bennington Museum (Bennington, VT)
Director of Collections / Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
Kemper Assistant/Associate Curator of Academic Affairs and Exhibitions / Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)

Mid-Atlantic:

Curator / US Navy Memorial Visitor Center (Washington D.C.)
Museum Exhibit Technician / Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, D.C.)
Marketing and Public Relations Director / Biggs Museum of American Art (Dover, DE)
Collections Database Administrator / Penn Museum: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Philadelphia, PA)
Development Officer for Education Programs / The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Senior Managing Editor for Public Programs and Creative Practive / The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Associate Curator (Programs) / Rutgers University – Express Newark (Newark, NJ)
Development Associate, Corporate Relations / American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY)
Kress Interpretive Fellowship / Smithsonian Art Museum (Washington, D.C.)
Vice President, Education and Engagement / Museum of the City of New York (New York, NY)
Associate Curator of Media Arts / Museum of the Moving Image (New York, NY)
Community Engagement Coordinator / Senator John Heinz History Center (Pittsburgh, PA)
Associate Registrar / Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
Deputy Director and Gail Engelberg Director of Education and Public Engagement / Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum & Foundation (New York, NY)
Curator of Jewish Culture/Judaica / The Jewish Museum (New York, NY)

South:

Development Director / The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum (Fort Smith, AR)
Membership Manager / Sarasota Art Museum – Ringling College of Art + Design (Sarasota, FL)
History Museum Curator / City of El Paso, El Paso Museum of History (El Paso, TX)
Museum Membership & Outreach Coordinator / City of El Paso, El Paso Museum of History (El Paso, TX)
Chickasaw Heritage Center Museum Director / The Chickasaw Nation (Tupelo, MS)
Collections Manager / The Hermitage (Hermitage, TN)
Exhibit Manager / The Corpus Christi Museum (Corpus Christi, TX)
Director / North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, NC)
Deputy Director of Operations / George Mason’s Gunston Hall (Mason Neck, VA)
Curator / College of Visual Arts and Design: University of North Texas (Denton, TX)
Director of Education and Outreach / The Bryan Museum (Galveston, TX)
Director of Development / Nauticus Foundation (Norfolk, VA)
The Nancy and Tim Hanley Associate Curator of Contemporary Art / Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX)
The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art / Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX)
President & CEO / Exploration Place, Inc. (Wichita, KS)
Exhibits Researcher / Space Center Houston (Houston, TX)
Assistant Curator / Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (Pine Bluff, AR)
Director of Development / Hermitage Museum & Gardens (Norfolk, VA)

Midwest:

President & CEO / DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) (Naperville, IL)
Museum Manager / 21c Museum Hotel (Chicago, IL)
Preparation and Security Assistant / Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (St. Louis, MO)
Exhibit Developer / Indianapolis Children’s Museum (Indianapolis, IN)
Director of Marketing & Communications / United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum (Colorado Springs, CO)
Director of Guest Services / United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum (Colorado Springs, CO)
Director of Content Strategy / Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Membership Representative / Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (Cleveland, OH)
Director, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, OH)
Assistant Curator of Public Programs and Engagement / Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, MS)
Paper Care Specialist / Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI)
Facilities Manager, History Center / Minnesota Historical Society (MN)
Senior Curator / Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL)
President, Director, and CEO / Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, OH)
President and CEO / Terra Foundation for American Art (Chicago, IL)
Archivist / Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (Colorado Springs, CO)

West:

Executive Director / New Mexico Museum of Art (Santa Fe, NM)
Programming and Outreach Assistant / Zócalo Public Square (Los Angeles, CA)
Database Manager, Senior / Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona)
Exhibit Project Manager / California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco, CA)
Development Director / National Hot Rod Association (Glendora, CA)
Asian Art Curatorial Research Fellow / Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara, CA)
Museum Educator / IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe, NM)
Associate Director of Visitor Experience / Oakland Museum of California (Oakland, CA)
Manager of Family Engagement / Oakland Museum of California (Oakland, CA)
Associate Registrar or Registrar / Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara, CA)
Director of Philanthropy / The High Desert Museum (Bend, OR)
Ahmanson Curator of Native American History and Culture / Autry Museum of the American West (Los Angeles, CA)
Curator of Western History / Autry Museum of the American West (Los Angeles, CA)
Associate Editor / Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Executive Director / San Bernardino County Museum Association (Redlands, CA)

What is a museum – and what goes in it?

As students and museum professionals, we are constantly revisiting the question of, “What is a museum?” We ask it of ourselves and of the visitors we serve – a quick search on Youtube, for example, yields such entertaining videos as What is a Museum? from The Brain Scoop and Ask the Kids: What is a Museum? from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

I gathered a few more answers to the question this week as I taught summer camp at the Dallas Museum of Art. Titled The Museum of ME!, this camp introduced children ages 6-8 to different museum jobs and how exhibitions are created (thanks for the inspiration, Tufts course on Exhibition Planning!). By the end of the week, campers took on the roles of curator, designer, conservator, registrar, preparator, and educator as they developed and fabricated their own mini museums.

To start us off right, our very first activity was a big camp brainstorm to come up with a collective understanding of, “What is a museum?” Each camper and teacher drew a picture of something they believed “goes” in a museum, which we then taped to a big butcher paper drawing of an imaginary museum. You can see some of the responses below – each is a tiny representation of our museum interests and priorities. A few might even make you laugh.

Unsurprisingly, my contribution was… summer camp!

What might you add to our museum? What is a museum to you?

Weekly Jobs Round-Up

Here are a few of the latest postings for museum job positions. Happy hunting!

Northeast:

Exhibits Designer and Production Manager (Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA)

Oral Historian (Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art, New York, NY)

Museum Instructor/Curatorial Assistant (Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY)

Mid-Atlantic:

Supervisory Visitor Services Manager (National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.)

Advancement Specialist (Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services, Washington, D.C.)

Corporate and Foundation Relations Associate (Obama Foundation, Washington, D.C.)

Midwest:

Database and Portfolio Manager (John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI)

South:

WEB Community Outreach Coordinator (The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL)

Art Handler (21c Museum Hotels, Louisville, KY)

West:

Associate Registrar (Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA)

Associate/Assistant Curator of European Painting and Sculpture (LA County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA)

Registrar (Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA)

15 1/2 Museum Studies-Related Podcasts

I don’t know about you all, but now that I am busy with graduate school and work, I don’t have a lot of time to read for fun like I once did. I spend a lot of time watching TV that inspires me, but maybe isn’t teaching me anything new. Feeling cerebral while also being relaxed is one of those small joys in life, and I find those moments through podcasts.

With this post, I hope to introduce people to podcasts about museums and by museums and museum professionals, but also about history, art history, and education, which are the three disciplines associated with the Tufts’ Museum Studies program. The disclaimer is I haven’t listened to all of these podcasts, but if anyone has a special review of one, please leave a comment so we all know which ones are worth checking out. Also, this just a taste of what’s out there, so feel free to share ones that interest you, too. 

Hopefully, this list has some podcasts that will entertain you for many weeks to come. Also, I hope this demonstrates what museums can do to further educate and entertain the public and what museum professionals can do to help each other.

  • The British Museum Podcast: The British Museum has over 2 million years of human history and culture, and this podcast looks at the stories that shaped that Museum.
    • The British Museum Membercast:This is a monthly series that has part of the exclusive Members’ lectures held at the museum. The comedian and podcaster Iszi Lawrence hosts this show.
  • Service on Celluloid: The official podcast of the National WWII Museum. They look at films portraying WWII from the past 70 years with experts and lively guests debating the historical merits of the films.
  • Spycast:The International Spy Museum in D.C. offers us a look into the world of espionage. The podcasts include interviews with ex-spies and intelligence experts.
  • Historically Yours: The University of Iowa’s Special Collections investigate the letters in their archives, peering into the lives of those past.
  • History of Art at the University of Oxford: This series covers medieval architecture to modern Chinese art. Over fifty associated staff discuss their research from backgrounds in anthropology, classics, history, etc.
  • Department of Education of the University of Oxford: These episodes feature public seminars held at the school. Oxford has been contributing to the field of education for over 100 years with a fantastic reputation.
  • National Gallery of Art: Their notable lectures held at the museum can be found by searching their main website or Apple Podcasts. There are over 300 episodes to choose from discussing art and major events surrounding art from historians, curators, and well-known artists.
  • Museum of Lost Objects: This podcast found on BBC Radio’s website discusses antiquities and landmarks destroyed or looted in Syria, Iraq, India, and Pakistan.
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class: HowStuffWorks presents a podcast about global history through the ages finding the fun nuggets that make history nerds swoon.
  • History, Bitches: This podcast discusses women through history, giving a fresh perspective on their classic stories.
  • The Modern Art Notes podcast: Tyler Green hosts this weekly series that discusses a work of art with guest artists, authors, and art historians. 
  • 99% Invisible: This podcast discusses all the things we don’t think about or take for granted in this world. It’s a deep dive into cultural tidbits that is fascinating. It includes episodes about art, history, technology, design, and more.
  • National Public Radio: You knew this would probably show up. It’s not just your grandpa’s radio show anymore. There is a whole section about education in this ever-changing world filled with technology.
  • Museopunks:Suse Anderson hosts this show that investigates the museum world’s personalities. This podcast looks at hot topics surrounding institutions, best practices, and the new ideas in the field. The AAM’s Alliance Labs hosts this site.
  • Museum People: This is a NEMA podcast that hasn’t updated recently, but it’s intriguing to look back through their archives. Their podcast examines New England museums behind-the-scenes, individuals connected with the museum field, and trends. 
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