Moments that Make a Museum: Mike O’Malley (’14) on his Internship with the Smart Museum

September 15th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

“That’s my claim to fame,” he said. “I took Frida Kahlo to the movies.”
2007_0170pIt was 1937. Leon Despres, Chicago alderman and activist, was visiting Mexico, sitting on a couch chatting in French with Diego Rivera while the artist painted a portrait of Despres’s wife, Marian. “I sat there in the morning while he painted her. Then we had lunch. He needed two hours more to finish the portrait, and I didn’t want to sit there any longer.” Diego Rivera’s wife, Frida Kahlo, happened to be hanging around the residence that day with nothing much to do, so Despres took her to the theater to see the film La Kermesse Héroïque, a French romantic comedy.

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From MAPH to the Smart Museum: Diego Arispe-Bazan

September 21st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

The Smart Museum is on campus and always free.

Here’s a thoughtful piece from Diego Arispe-Bazan (MAPH 2011), who worked as a MAPH intern at the Smart Museum on campus after graduation. Diego talks about his work, focusing on the introduction of new technologies into the gallery experience and curatorial practice.

Here’s an excerpt:

The debate on interpretive technologies was lively among the Smart interns. It centered on the issue of how multiplicity in experience could be flattened out. The argument is not without basis: interpretive technology, used indiscriminately, can turn a gallery into an arcade. In fact, certain visitors who shared this view eschewed the iPads entirely. However, through my observation and the comments gathered from the museum guards, it became clear that those who chose to pick up the iPads were eager to embrace the integration of interactive digital media into the gallery experience.

You can read the rest here.

Meet an Alum: Beth Gallagher

November 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Beth Gallagher is the Director of Community Involvement for AON Corporation, headquartered in Chicago.  According to her bio, she is responsible for “managing the day-to-day operations of the AON Foundation giving programs, which include grants, sponsorships, business unit charitable contributions, disaster relief and employee matching gifts.  In addition, Beth oversees employee volunteer programming at the firm.”

But–as Beth put it in a phone conversation–she “never would have guessed that a job like this existed,” when she first arrived in MAPH in 2001.  At that point, she had one year of professional experience under her belt, and thought that she was on a path toward writing education.  Though she took classes in pedagogy, Beth now says that it was her job as a docent at the Smart Museum and other coursework at the University that “broadened my thoughts about education.”

She began thinking about working in fundraising.  But by the time the 2002 class graduated, the job market had collapsed.  “It wasn’t as bad as this,” she said, talking about the context of her first attempts to find employment in comparison with the current economic conditions.   After graduation she worked as an executive assistant at Youth Outreach Services before ultimately landing a gig there in development.  She has been with AON Corporation since 2006.

Beth said she looks forward to speaking with MAPH students diverse opportunities in a corporate setting.  She will be speaking at tonight’s Career Core event.

Adaptation at the Smart Museum

February 7th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

The Smart Museum’s exhibition Adaptation opened today, and it includes a new work by ARTV 24103, a collective that includes current MAPHers Laura Heldt and Natasha Long. The work grew out of a practicum taught by Catherine Sullivan — Natasha writes about the project over on the Adaptation blog-cum-catalogue.

The other works in Adaptation — by Guy Ben-Ner, Arturo Herrera, Catherine Sullivan, and Eve Sussman & The Rufus Corporation — re-envision classic literature, painting, film, ballet, and even e-mail for new video installations. You can check out clips of all the works on the online catalogue. Or, better yet, brave the snow tonight and come out for free food, refreshments, and art at the opening reception and panel discussion, from 5:30-7:30 pm.

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