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Hello from a New ICI Intern!

Monday, June 22nd, 2015




My name is Lizzy, I will be a junior at Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York, this Fall. I am a Studio Art Major and am making pieces using the laser cutter at school in combination with the printing press and more traditional printmaking processes. This Summer I will be working here at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry as an AIDS Chronicles Intern! This will be my first time working closely on a project of such depth; the AIDS Chronicles have been in the making for over twenty years.

In addition to working at the ICI I have an internship with Libertine, a fashion label and clothing line by Johnson Hartig. I will mainly be helping with preparations for New York Fashion Week.

In the spare time I’m hoping to catch up on some fiction reading this Summer. I’m making my way through Everyday is for the Thief by Teju Cole, Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino and Dave Eggar’s You Shall Know Our Velocity! so far.

More to follow on my work at ICI!



The Magic of Antoinette

Monday, June 13th, 2011

I began my time here at ICI with a rigid sense of my own professional identity.  I thought an archivist must look a certain way, embody certain characteristics, and serve to promote certain scholarly uses of collections, which secretly made me very uneasy.  I have always been one to ride the currents of life and trust in the unfolding of it all, so holding firmly to this rigid sense of “professionalism” served in direct contrast to who I am and want to be.  But this is all changing, and I have ICI and its associates to thank.  The projects assigned to me here have allowed room for the creative interpretations I so badly desire while encouraging exploration of self and identity.  I’ve come to discover an archivist can be so much more than what we learn in school.  I can hold onto my free-spirited philosophies, engage with creative minds, and still apply the archival principles in which I’ve been trained.

I was introduced to artist and long-time ICI associate Antoinette LaFarge during my first visit to ICI.  I was told, if I were to get the position, part of my time would be spent at the Institute, managing its archives, and the other half assisting LaFarge in her home in Long Beach, taking photographs of her work and designing a database to manage it all.  My experience in professional photography was minimal at the time, but I was eager to learn from a seasoned photographer like LaFarge.  Because working with artists has always been a dream of mine, the opportunity to merge my skills as an archivist with Lafarge’s expertise in art and new media was a welcomed assignment.  From our first meeting together until now, LaFarge and I have accomplished a great deal.  The database was up and running by our third meeting.  We have also taken upwards of around 200 high quality photographs in her studio, which she will use in a variety of ways.

Working with LaFarge has been a delight.  Her pieces are breathtaking, inspiring, and thoughtful.  As a person, she is caring and kind, extremely intelligent, and someone I respect and will enjoy knowing for many years.  Above all, she has shown me that two of my biggest passions in life – art and archives – can be successfully fused.  I look forward to working with her more in the future and applying what she has taught me toward a long career documenting, organizing, and disseminating beautiful works of art.

“Millennium Earth Boxes”

“Starry Night”


New Beginnings

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011


My name is JoJo Black, and I’m the new archivist intern at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry.  I am a recent graduate from UCLA department of Information Studies with a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, specializing in Archival Studies.  While in school there, I had the fortunate pleasure of contributing my energy to organizations such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, UCLA department of Special CollectionsCenter for Primary Research & Training, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, all of which house collections full of artistic, creative, and socially significant materials.

I feel so honored to be interning at ICI; its numerous projects, publications, and commitments fall right in line with many of my own personal and professional philosophies.  The collection itself, much like the organization and its members, is rich in social, political, and cultural diversity, with objects ranging in size, medium, purpose, and age.  To me, helping describe and organize this unique material to make it more accessible to the public is the reason I love working with archival collections.

I’m excited to dive into ICI’s collections, wade around in its contents, and emerge from its depths with a functional approach to help aid others in discovering the endless worth of this magical collection.

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.

—T.S. Eliot, “Burnt Norton – Four Quartets”