Program: Contemporary Art
Supervisor: Director of Contemporary Art and Assistant Curator
Dates: June – August 2017
Deadline to Apply: April 22, 2017
BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. We present and incubate fresh work that celebrates and reflects the diversity that surrounds us. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year at our main venue, BRIC Arts | Media House, and around Brooklyn.
Some of BRIC’s most acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival in Prospect Park, several path-breaking public access media initiatives, and a renowned contemporary art exhibition series. BRIC also offers education and other vital programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn.
BRIC’s contemporary art programs aim to increase the visibility and accessibility of contemporary art through exhibitions, public program, and publications. We focus on presenting emerging and mid-career Brooklyn artists working in varied media. In addition to our exhibition program, BRIC administers an artist Fellowship in conjunction with our Community Media program, an online Artist Registry, artist residencies, and varied public programs.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Work will be focused on upcoming exhibitions and programs to be presented in the 2017-18 season at BRIC Arts | Media House, a major cultural facility that opened in downtown Brooklyn in 2013. These exhibitions include Brooklyn Photographs, focusing on 10 photographers active from the late 1960s to the present; Reenactments, featuring artists working in diverse media who explore and reinterpret history; and Bordering the Imaginary: Art from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and their Diasporas. Curatorial interns will conduct research on artists, write brief artist bios, assist with the preparation of texts and materials for exhibition catalogues, and prepare loan forms and other administrative documents. Other duties include assistance with public programs and receptions, errands, general office tasks, and gallery reception (generally one 2-hour shift per week). This position provides an excellent opportunity to learn about curating, exhibition planning, publication development and editing, and the administration of a not-for-profit art space.
Curatorial Interns have the opportunity to write for BRIC’s blog and for our other social media sites. Interns may also offer exhibition tours and assist with evening public programs.
• Interns receive an in-depth introduction to non-profit gallery administration and exhibition development. Each intern is assigned to at least one exhibition in development, and will gain experience in research, writing, exhibition planning and administration, installation, and public program planning.
• Learn how curators work through an idea to select artists and art works, and then design an exhibition in both larger and smaller exhibition spaces.
• By maintaining the various databases needed for each exhibition, learn about how exhibition departments maintain information and advance the planning of multiple shows at various stages of development.
• Interns will also gain knowledge of contemporary art, especially of emerging and mid-career artists at work in Brooklyn today.
• Spanish proficiency for the intern working on the exhibition Bordering the Imaginary.
Students majoring in art history or curatorial studies, as well as those who have completed their junior or senior undergraduate year, will be given strong preference for this position. Desired skills include:
• Strong general knowledge of contemporary art and culture
• Excellent writing and research skills
• Good phone and communication skills
• Highly organized and detailed; ability to keep track of information on artists, art works, and progress on various projects.
• Knowledge of PC and Mac computers
• Computer programs including , Microsoft Word and Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Photoshop, and Google Sketch-Up
Office hours are Monday – Thursday, 10-6, Friday 10-2. Summer interns are asked to work a minimum of 20 hours per week for a period of at least 10 weeks during the summer break.
BRIC House is located at 647 Fulton Street in downtown Brooklyn, near multiple subway lines.
This is an unpaid internship; BRIC provides Metro Cards and a daily meal stipend. Academic credit may be arranged.
BRIC is an equal opportunity employer.