Bard College ART HISTORY and VISUAL CULTURE PROGRAM

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Education Coordinator at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site: New Job Opportunity

Education Coordinator

The Thomas Cole National Historic site is now seeking a full-time Education Coordinator. They will work across the Education department to coordinate visitor and programmatic operations. This is a full time, year round position. Work schedule from May-October is Wednesday-Sunday; and Monday-Friday from November-April. In addition, special projects/events may take place on weekends year round. Reports to the Manager of Visitor Engagement. Compensation includes benefits and salary of $32,000 per year.

Coordination of Administrative Aspects of the Seasonal Touring Operations:

·   Ensure that the visitor experience runs smoothly. Guide the “Go-To Person” to solve problems.

·   Assist the Manager of Visitor Engagement with the interviewing/hiring of new guides for each season.

·   Train new and returning educators on logistical aspects of touring operation

·   Schedule guides so that the site is adequately staffed. Problem-solve when guides cancel their shift. Distribute the schedule to all staff who need to see it.

·   Oversee group tour reservations and scheduling staff. Problem-solve the way groups are guided through the site

·   Prepare for the opening and closing of each tour season. Tasks include setting up the seasonal staff office space, updating the tour manual, updating the Site’s phone messages and website regarding hours/offerings, and assisting the Manager of Visitor Engagement with other preparations

·   Lead daily tour staff meetings

·   Become a trained member of the tour staff and provide support, including filling in for last minute guide cancellations. For the first year, approximately 3 days per week. [See Museum Educator position description]

Coordination of School/Youth Programs:

·   Oversee multi-year project to create an online experience for youth audiences. Schedule meetings, oversee research, and be a key member of the project team

·   Oversee visit reservations and scheduling staff. Problem-solve the way students are guided through the site

·   Teach lesson plans/activities to students, both during on-site visits and by making trips to school classrooms

·   Be the primary contact for schools and teachers. Nurture newly formed relationships with schools and other youth organizations and develop new ones.

·   Maintain the Education tab on the TCNHS website

·   Lead group tours around the Site that consist primarily of children or students

·   Maintain a record system that summarizes relationship with schools/educators.

·   Train Educators how best to engage younger students, and how to lead lesson plans in classrooms and on site

·   Explore potential ways to connect with schools and youth audiences.

 Implementation of Educational Events/ Programs:

·   Work collaboratively with curatorial and interpretive teams to organize and implement various educational events and programs, such as lectures, public panels/talks with guest curators and presenting artists, and other educational programs. Create checklist of tasks for each and ensure all tasks are completed.

·   With Site Curator and Fellowship Director, plan and coordinate an annual meet and greet welcome Fellows event, Fellow’s public presentation event, and help with arrangements for monthly educational and professional site visits for the Cole Fellows.

·   Along with entire staff, assist with other events throughout the year as needed (such as fundraising events).

Happenings at Bard

Tonk Cokes Artist Talk, February 25th at 6pm

Tony Cokes Artist Talk Thursday February 25th 6pm
Presented by Art History and Visual Culture, Film and Electronic Arts, and Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College
In a series of videotapes and installations produced since the mid-1980s, Tony Cokes engages in cogent investigations of identity and opposition. His works question how race influences the construction of subjectivities (personal, cultural and historical), and how race, gender and class are perceived through what he terms the “representational regimes of image and sound,” as perpetuated by Hollywood, the media and popular culture.
Tony Cokes was born in 1956. He received a B.A. from Goddard College, Vermont, participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, and gained an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. He has received grants and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Getty Research Institute. Cokes’ video and multimedia installation works have been included in exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum Soho, The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Documenta X, Kassel, Germany, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Recent solo exhibitions and screenings have taken place at REDCAT, Los Angeles, the Gene Siskel Film Center at the University of Chicago, and Greene Naftali Gallery, New York. Cokes is Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Notes from the Chair

Kobena Mercer to join Bard Faculty!

We are so pleased to announce that Kobena Mercer is joining the Bard faculty! Professor Mercer will begin his position in fall 2021 as the Charles P. Stevenson Chair in Art History and the Humanities. #bardcollege http://ow.ly/5dsS50DCBTY

Faculty News

Reiko Tomii in conversation with Alex Kitnick

Student News

2020 Art History and Visual Culture Program Awards

Congratulations to seniors Gabriella Goldberg and Shay Kothari, joint winners of The Alexander Klebanoff Award!

and to rising senior Mia Le, congrats on winning the Jean French Travel Award.

Well done.

Student News

Interview of Carolee Schneemann by Alum

During her senior year at Bard Gracie Hadland ’18 interviewed artist Carolee Schneemann during the final year of her life.

Read it here https://believermag.com/an-interview-with-carolee-schneemann/

 

 

Notes from the Chair

AHVC Poster Session and Alumni Night

The Art History and Visual Culture Program held its annual Poster Session and Alumni night, Wednesday, December 11th in RKC Lobby.
Seniors talked about their projects using posters, a succinct visual presentation,  that displayed their main idea, and images and objects they were working with.  Seniors were able to “see” and discuss their peer’s projects. Alumni Chris McCloskey ’08 and Ehm West ’19 discussed their lives since graduating and gave advice on improving skill sets and getting jobs.  Salvatore’s Grandma Pizza and Tivoli Bakery treats completed the very enjoyable event.

 

Happenings at Bard

Prof. Susan Merriam’s Curiosity Cabinet Class Displays in the Vitrines

The students in Professor Susan Merriam’s Curiosity Cabinet course have done some fascinating work at Montgomery Place this semester. They’ve been delving into the collection, which houses more than 8,000 objects, to research some of the most unique pieces. The course explores the historical phenomenon of the curiosity cabinet, a precursor to the modern museum. Yesterday, they opened an exhibition at the Stevenson Library showcasing their work. Well done! #bardcollege #arthistory #hudsonvalley

Happenings at Bard

Montgomery Place and Susan Merriam’s Cabinet of Curiosities Class

You never know what you’ll find in the Montgomery Place collection! Professor Susan Merriam’s Cabinet of Curiosities class met at the mansion this week, continuing their study of some of the fascinating objects in the collection. Check out the mechanical cat, dueling pistols, and chicken foot letter opener.

Students have been researching objects that illuminate the historical phenomenon of the curiosity cabinet. These collections of oddities, as small as a box or as large as a room, are precursors to the modern museum. Students gave presentations on their research into items in the collection, discussing such themes as shifting colonial structures in the era of the objects, the romanticism of nature and early American identity, and Victorian death culture. Some of the objects and their research will be on display in an exhibit at the Stevenson Library in December. #bardcollege #arthistory #montgomeryplace

Notes from the Chair

MASS MOCA INTERNSHIPS

MASS MoCA Winter/Spring 2020 Internships Internship Application Deadline: Monday, November 4th, at 6pm Internship Dates: Monday, January 27th – Sunday, May 10th 

Compensation: Housing & $150/week stipend 

All applicants must be US citizens, over the age of 18. Most interns MUST have a valid US driver’s license unless specified. 

Stage Tech / Performing Arts Production 

Interns work with the Production Coordinator, Master Carpenter, Master Electrician, House Sound Engineer, and house crew on all aspects of technical theatre, music, and films. This includes hands-on in all of the following areas – carpentry, lighting, sound, audio/visual, and running crew. You are not required to have a driver’s license. 

Visual Arts – Curatorial 

Intern assists in the day-to-day operations of a busy curatorial department and helps with the preparations for upcoming programs, as well as the maintenance of current exhibitions. Responsibilities consist of research, writing, administrative duties, assistance in the procuring of exhibition materials, installation of artworks as necessary, and any number of unexpected errands or jobs required to help maintain an ambitious exhibition program of contemporary art. Intern also works with the Education Department, receiving training to lead tours of exhibitions, interact with museum visitors, and develop focused “spotlight” talks on topics of special interest. This is a crucial part of the internship experience. The successful candidate should be self-sufficient and have an eye for detail, strong writing and research skills, and a positive attitude about performing many kinds of tasks on a demanding schedule. Must have driver’s license and be willing to do a fair amount of driving. 

Performing Arts Administration 

Intern works directly with the Managing Director of Performing Arts in the coordination of current and future season planning, general office work, and maintaining and updating all performing arts files, databases, and calendars. The intern will alternate between the Project Coordinator and Artist Services Director with drafting event programs, researching upcoming artists, assisting with front of house operations as well as with artist services to arrange transportation and housing logistics of visiting artists, staff, and fellow interns. You are required to have a valid US driver’s license. 

Graphic Design 

Intern assists in day-to-day tasks of the museum’s in-house design studio, working directly with the senior and junior graphic designers. Projects include production and installation of vinyl exhibition graphics and wayfinding signage; design and production of seasonal marketing collateral (posters, ads, social media graphics); vendor contact; upkeep of website components; and general studio tasks. The intern should demonstrate enthusiasm, stamina, good attention to detail, and willingness to work with a team. Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) required. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, résumé, and portfolio link in order to be considered for this internship. A driver’s license might be helpful, but is not required. 

Development 

Interns in the development department will work to help ensure the success of MASS MoCA’s fundraising activities, which supports $3.3m in annual income. Work will vary between specifics projects, for which the intern will have the opportunity to see the project from start to finish, and individual tasks on larger projects directed by department staff. The intern will gain experience in prospect research, grant-writing, direct mail solicitations, special events, membership programs, and database management. In an average week, you will spend approximately 40% of your time working on prospect research and proposal preparation, 40% on membership and individual giving, with the remaining 20% alternating as the workload requires. You are not required to have a driver’s license. 

Communications 

The intern works on all aspects of marketing and public relations to support MASS MoCA’s visual and performing arts programs. There is a strong emphasis on groundwork: street-level marketing throughout western Massachusetts, northwest Connecticut, eastern-central New York, and southern Vermont. The marketing intern logs lots of miles spreading news about MASS MoCA events across our beautiful region. Days in the office include written contributions to social media, eblasts, websites, press releases, and other promotional material. The interns are responsible for preparing press kits and for keeping MASS MoCA’s event listings current on regional event calendars. The interns help with bulk mailings, occasionally staff an off-site information booth interacting with tourists, and sometimes join an ambassador team to attend concerts, comedy shows, and music festivals around the northeast to promote our extensive program of live events. Interns are expected to attend internal and interdepartmental marketing meetings, museum tours, and work a weekly shift at the museum’s busy Info Desk. If that sounds like a lot — it’s because it is — and we promise tons of fun along the way. A driver’s license and sense of humor are required. 

Education 

A fall education intern will focus on PreK-12 student and teacher engagement. This experiential internship is a great opportunity for a recently graduated college student who wants to gain experience working with school audiences in a contemporary art museum setting. The intern will be trained in the museum’s 3-pronged educational pedagogy ArtInSight, which incorporates conversational-style tours, mindfulness-based insight exercises, and hands-on art-making workshops, and then will implement these strategies as a lead tour guide. The intern will further support education programming by: assisting with teaching artist residency programs; supporting evaluation efforts; maintaining and monitoring art supplies; and conducting research for spring programming. 

Successful candidates should be self-sufficient, have an eye for detail, strong oral, writing, and research skills, an enthusiasm for public speaking, and strong customer service skills. They should be able to learn quickly and be confident in their abilities to take on “trial by fire” challenges. Preference is given to candidates with museum / art education experience. Weekend hours required. 

To apply to the MASS MoCA Internship Program: Send application form, cover letter, résumé, and two letters of references via email: internapplications@massmoca.org or fax to MASS MoCA c/o Meghan Labbee, Artist Services + Internship Program Director at 413.664.4519. 

Please visit https://massmoca.org/event/internships/ to download the application form. All applications are due no later than Sunday, July 15, at 6pm EST. 

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