Last Friday, I received news that I got an internship at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art working under curator Claire Carter on the next Photography exhibition that is going to be opening this Fall. This is the most surprising/exciting/terrifying news I have heard all month.
I am pleasantly surprised, because I feel like I had one of the most epically disastrous interviews possible, (think Step Brothers…… ok maybe not THAT bad, but close.) I was nervous, not very articulate, and the room was a million degrees making me self-conscious about my flowy light pink blouse. I left the interview feeling deflated and defeated, but thankful I got the chance to even interview for the position in the first place. Clearly I didn’t mess up too badly however because I begin in May and will work all summer and through parts of the Fall.
I thought I would tell ya’ll a little bit about all the aspects of the internship, because I have a feeling over the next couple of months I will be sharing my experiences with ya’ll. So, SMOCA is located near old town in Scottsdale. The museum is fairly new, opening in 1999. They specialize in contemporary and modern art, architecture, and design. I really like SMOCA because they are an educating facility. They constantly are holding lectures and events that pertain exclusively to their exhibitions. Last year there was a photography exhibition “At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, and Sommer” corresponding with this event there were numerous talks and an opportunity for a portfolio share at a symposium. SMOCA takes the extra step to educate and connect.
Some of you might be curious about the job description of a curator. Basically, in the most simple terms possible, it is a curator’s job to organize and direct. Curators research and choose the art to collect, and then present the pieces to the public in a way that will help them see and understand the work or exhibition as a whole.
This is such an exciting opportunity. Claire Carter is a very impressive woman. She received her BA in Political Theory, Gender Studies and Art History at Indiana University and her MA in the History of Contemporary and Modern Art from Christie’s in London. She has juried and reviewed many exhibitions and has curated the past two photography exhibitions at SMOCA. She has conducted research in digital archiving. She also is married to a member of the photography faculty here at ASU. Needless to say, the experience and knowledge I will gain from working with her, is going to be incredible.