Artists, you have just over a week left to submit your designs to this challenge for a chance at $2,000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, the ultimate modern art book library curated by the Art Institute of Chicago, and your design featured digitally on the walls of the museum at the Art Institute’s After Dark event on Friday, April 10 in front of over a thousand art aficionados!
I just counted up how many intern educators I’ve worked in my time at the Brooklyn Museum. Seventy-three. Crazy, right?! Know what’s evenmore impressive? All of the stellar career paths these alumni have pursuedafter hanging out with us for 10 months: Museum educators at MoMA, the Met, theWhitney, Toledo Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art; Curatorsin St.Louis, Birmingham, and Doha; PhD candidates at Harvard, UPenn, Dartmouth,and Rutgers; and teachers and teaching artists in New York, Philly, Boston,
Chicago, Austin and Maui. How cool is that?
How does theMuseum Education Internship Program fit in?
Well, we’re all about hands-on experience offered under caring conditions; plus
our education staff is right there alongside you, working just as hard. Alums
often tell me how life-changing an experience it was working with us. It’s a
year to explore working with different audiences in a variety of ways; and a
safe space to try things that scare you. It doesn’t hurt that our collection
kicks ass; and we’re one of the most innovative museums around. I asked a few
alums to send me a sentence or two about the program and responses poured in.
Here’s what Noah Rauch (he’s now the Director of Educational Programs at the
September 11 Memorial and Museum) had to say:
“Frankly, I owe my museum career to
MEIP. It offered me confidence as an educator, an appreciation of our field,
and a connection to colleagues that I still consistently draw upon. It was an
exceptional 10 months.”
more about the internship and send
us your application! The deadline to apply is March 31, 2015.
Posted by Alexa Fairchild
Photo: #museumselfie with Alexa and the 2014-2015 MEIP Interns
Inspired by embroidery in the Museum’s textile collection, Philadelphia artist Shelley Spector has created colorful sculptures for her upcoming exhibition, “Shelley Spector: Keep the Home Fires Burning.” Join us as we celebrate its opening on March 5.
Portrait of Shelley Spector, 2014 (Photograph by Constance Mensh)
Thanks to the general interest in the arsenic-covered aardvark photos I posted earlier this week, I thought people might be interested in seeing the mount behind him - the mighty pangolin!
As you might be able to tell by the white coloration on some of the scutes, this specimen was also covered with a fine dusting of arsenic to prevent decay from insect damage. While it may not be healthy for humans, the well preserved pangolin sure doesn’t seem to mind!
One of my favorite parts of this mount has to be the tongue. In life, the pangolin has the longest tongue relative to body size of any mammal, which comes in handy to probe the insides of ant and termite mounds, looking for a quick snack.
Emily Graslie of “The Brain Scoop” has a fantastic video about pangolins on her channel (where a lot of this information came from) which you should totally go watch. Because, you know, pangolins.
Also, here’s a gif of a pangolin walking bipedially, as Emily mentions in the video. He looks like a silent movie villain about to tie a woman to some train tracks. You’re welcome.