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Curatorial Internship

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

My name is Gina Caprari, and my journey to and within the Institute has been a particularly rambling one—after a couple of rounds of applying for intern positions and then spending some time volunteering with the gift shop, I now serve as a curatorial intern and have supported the never-dull 100/10 project in sundry administrative and creative ways. After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with an English Literature degree, I traveled and studied for four months in Buenos Aires, Argentina where I met family and worked to solidify my Castellano. I was spending this year working at a small Science Technical Medical publishing company editing manuscripts and managing its online journalism sector when I began putting in time at the ICI, and the think tank here has proven to permeate much of my personal life and even future plans.

I supremely enjoy just working within the Institute’s walls, where one can often feel the energy glowing. The library, ephemera, laboratory, exhibit space, and miscellaneous collection have bred such intriguing insights in just the short time I have been acquainted with the ICI, and that makes me excited to watch and see what happens here in the future.

I leave for San Francisco in the fall to begin a graduate program in English Literature, but I hope to keep well in touch with Institute productions while I’m away. At present, I’m happy to contribute some of the bare bones tasks that maintain a collection like this one, and it is always a pleasure to watch affiliates’ and visitors’ reactions to and interactions with the Institute.

-Gina


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”

-Jojo