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Opportunity: Internship, MOCA Cleveland

Posted by Michelle Kasprzak • Monday, February 4. 2013 • Category: Jobs & Opportunities

The application date for this opportunity has passed.

EXHIBITIONS INTERN - Special Summer 2013 Project

Department: Curatorial

MOCA Cleveland is seeking a Curatorial Intern for the summer of 2013. The selected candidate will work closely with MOCA Cleveland’s exhibitions team. The primary focus of the internship will be assisting with research, exhibition texts, multi-media materials, and programs for the summer 2013 exhibition, Realization is Better than Anticipation. This exhibition will investigate the models of thought that inform contemporary practices in Cleveland and the surrounding region, including artists connected to Pittsburgh, Detroit, and locations throughout Ohio. Focusing on acts of making, Realization is taken as equal parts practical (doing, constructing) and alchemical (magical, self-generating). Within the diverse range of practices are artists who have been working for 80 years and others who are at the beginning. Some are deceased, but their works call for reexamination. The exhibition aims to promote dialogue, and a digital catalog with commissioned essays will feature voices from throughout the region. MOCA Cleveland’s public spaces will also play a prominent role, with a series of events and happenings planned to expand the exhibition beyond the Museum’s walls. MOCA Cleveland opened at a new location in October 2012, the first building designed in the United States by Farshid Moussavi Architecture. This internship is an extraordinary opportunity to see inside a growing institution, and to make a significant contribution to critical dialogue in Cleveland and beyond.

The exhibition runs June 28–October 6, 2013, and is organized by Megan Lykins Reich, Director of Programs and Associate Curator, and Rose Bouthillier, Assistant Curator. The internship is full time, May – August. The ideal candidate will be able to begin preliminary research tasks in March and April. This is an unpaid position, thus suited to a Curatorial Masters student with a required internship component to their degree. MOCA Cleveland will provide a stipend for lunch, and either a monthly transit pass or parking.


Archival, library, and online research for a large group exhibition
Coordinating writer’s contributions for a digital catalog
Coordinating, initiating, and assisting with on and off-site programs, including: artist talks, artist performances, musical performances, public events on MOCA Cleveland’s plaza
Assisting the curatorial team with studio visits, loans, exhibition installation, didactic materials, and artist video portraits

Qualifications and skills:

Thorough knowledge of contemporary art
The ability to think imaginatively & cohesively about a range of artists’ practices
Excellent research, writing, and editing skills
Excellent communication and organizational skills
Ability to work independently
Ability to work well with a curatorial team, as well as community partners
Enthusiasm and initiative in producing interpretive & programmatic elements

To apply, please forward the following materials to Rose Bouthillier, rbouthillier -at- mocacleveland.org by February 15, 2013. Please put “Realization” in the subject line.

Cover letter
CV with references
2 short writing samples, fewer than 800 words (i.e. beginning of an academic essay, exhibition review, or previous exhibition writing, such as a label or didactic).
Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by February 22, 2013. Interviews will take place the week of March 4-8. Please visit http://www.mocacleveland.org/ for more information.

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