What I did over the summer by Dana Hogan
As an aspiring museum educator, in planning for my summer, I envisioned an internship in a big city museum, working with kids of all ages. Where I ended up was in a small gallery in my hometown of Buffalo, New York, working as an archives intern. While it was not what I had first looked for, it was exactly what I needed. Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center is relatively young in the art world, but it has a rich history. In sifting through all the ephemera from the 1970’s through the present, I was amazed to discover that hugely significant artists had worked there, even gotten their start there—artists that included Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo, Vito Acconci, and many more. Even Sol Lewitt donated one of his works to a fundraiser for the institute, and I ran across a video of Cindy Sherman painting the walls according to his instructions when filing one day. I was even more delighted to discover a surprising Williams connection: three Williams art professors had shows at Hallwalls between the late 1970’s and the early 2000’s. The internship was unpaid, but as a token of appreciation, my coordinator gave me an original calendar of Professor Mike Glier’s works from a ten-year retrospective. Though I can’t use it to buy groceries, it is something so special that I would never have gotten at another institution, and that makes it more valuable than something I could have earned anywhere. My work at Hallwalls was not the glamorous big city job I originally had in mind, but it was so much more rewarding for me to be able to make a significant contribution somewhere that could actually use the help. Having hands-on access to some of Cindy Sherman’s doodles was just the icing on the cake. If you think you might be interested in an internship experience like mine, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Williams Class of 2015
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