One of the MFA’s largest permanent collections, the Art of the Americas department holdings represent painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from North, Central and South America. Curators and staff in the department are responsible for studying, interpreting, maintaining, and augmenting these collections in collaboration with other departments throughout the Museum. Responsibilities of department members include: selecting, interpreting, and coordinating installations in the permanent collection galleries; organizing special exhibitions; researching the collection; and arranging for loans to other institutions.
The Art of the Americas Department seeks a graduate level intern to work on the upcoming exhibition, “Asia and the New World: Global Exchange and Artistic Influence, 1500-1800,”currently scheduled to open at the MFA in the spring of 2014. This is an unpaid position, supervised by the Curators of Decorative Arts and Sculpture. It offers an opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience by learning first-hand about museum work and personally contributing to a major traveling show.
The Graduate Exhibition Intern will be responsible for performing research and administrative tasks in support of the exhibition. Prior research experience and Spanish and/or Portuguese language skills are necessary; prior exhibition experience is highly desirable.
● Enrollment in, or recent graduation from, a M.A. or Ph.D. program
● General knowledge of decorative arts or paintings of North, Central, or South America and/or Asia
● Strong computer skills
● Careful attention to detail
● Ability to attend orientation on either Tues. May 28 (9am-12pm) or Tues. June 11 (9am-12pm)
● Ability to commit 10-15 hours per week for at least 12 weeks through August 2013