ICP/American Folk Art
- 1) I admire The Studio Museum in Harlem because it is still essentially and exclusively a space for black artists to gain exposure and share their ideas with others and the world. It has created a personal as well as global sense of pride and developed awareness in communities here and abroad. They have done programs such young girl empowerment to having various activists and authors come in to interactive with the community. The exhibits are interesting, and range from something so simple as a blank wall or project space that can easily be transformed into any art form to as tactful as artwork formed by the leftover hole puncher paper bits held together with dye, powder, sequins and glitter. I enjoy that it’s such a small space that it can allow for a more intimate experience with the exhibits and leave perhaps a more lasting impression of specific pieces because it doesn’t make you time concise and worry about how much time u have to cover the museum versus interpreting the artwork.
- 2) Both the ICP and Museum of Folk Art experience has taught me to get as much internship experience as possible because those skills can most likely be applied anywhere you end up. A lot of the ICP staff were planning on doing photography but did not think it would be done for a museum setting as well as people in at Folk Art who were working on other interests and outside projects which tied them back to a career in a museum setting so I feel like I shouldn’t put any limitations on where I may actually start my own career.
- 3) Unfortunately in the finance department, like many other museums, the end of our fiscal year is drawing near so there is nothing interesting and fun going on for me besides getting really excited about locating the physical receipt of a transaction (after I had been plowing through oversized binders of documentation including donations, membership renewals, or store purchases) that actually matches up with what we have on our books!
- -Latisha D.