Overview of Department: The curatorial department is charged with overseeing the care, study, growth and presentation of the permanent collection, which numbers over 4000 works. In addition, curators plan and execute special exhibitions, large and small, that feature loaned works from US and international collections. Curators collaborate with other institutions as well as with other departments of the museum on programming, donor cultivation, development, and educational initiatives.
Internship Project: The Phillips Collection is co-organizing with the Art Gallery of Ontario a multidisciplinary exhibition (Rediscovering Picasso: Paris/Barcelona and the Blue Period) for 2020 that is devoted to a reassessment of Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period (1901-1904). The exhibition relies on new information gleaned from advanced technical conservation studies undertaken by each museum on the three major Blue Period paintings in their respective collections, The Blue Room (Paris, 1901; The Phillips Collection); La Miséreuse accroupie (Barcelona, 1902; Art Gallery of Ontario) and La Soupe (Barcelona, 1902-03; Art Gallery of Ontario).
The intern would be responsible for putting together a chronology of the years 1899-1906 related to Picasso (activities and works), and also artistic and cultural activities occurring during those years in Paris and Barcelona deemed pertinent to Picasso and his circle of friends. It will require reviewing information from already published chronologies, synthesizing and compiling that material into a year by year diary of events that is accurate. The intern will create a document that provides a basic structure of events related to artistic interactions, exhibitions, cross-disciplinary exchanges, and major external events important to the context of the exhibition project. Chronologies provide opportunities to delve into the literature and craft a framework for understanding the details of a project from smaller to larger, from the inside to the outside. The need for accuracy and spotting inconsistencies in the published record is paramount. The goal is to produce an accurate document that is informative and publishable in the exhibition catalogue.
Projected Learning Outcomes:
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