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Journeying Onward

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Though it’s been 2 months, it literally feels like I stepped through the doors of the ICI yesterday. Though my time serving as a curatorial fellow has been short, I can honestly say that I’m happy with what I’m taking away from this experience.

Through the independence fostered by the institute and its often times “out-of-the-box” approach to tasks and problems, I have opened my mind to new methods and gained a renewed sense of capability in the realm of problem solving. Something that will no doubt serve me well along my career path.

As we pass into a new year, I’m excited to see what lays ahead for both myself and the ICI. Just as this journey ends, another is on the horizon waiting to begin.

Still looking forward to working, learning and exploring the depths and limits of visual culture.


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”