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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!



Happy Birthday

Sunday, February 17th, 2013












The Institute celebrated its 18th year as a non-profit organization on December 20, 2012.

Happy Birthday Institute.

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”