Posts Tagged ‘Curatorial’

Hangin’ with Doby

June 8, 2009

I waited in the Celeste Bartos Forum for the 2:00 tour of the Schwarzman Building to begin.  With my librarian-esque attire and NYPL name tag around my neck, I was approached by several people asking if I was the tour guide.  After telling everyone in the group that I was an intern on her first day, the docent appeared to show us around.  The library is right out of Hogwarts, with secret compartments and underground tunnels filled with books.  Civilians are not permitted to retrieve materials, rather there are people called pages underground who receive a piece of paper detailing what book you want via air tube.  Something tells me the pages are really house elves.

One of my projects for the summer is to turn past exhibitions into traveling exhibitions for the various branch libraries (there are 87 branches).  Most exhibitions are written in an elevated style, and I will have the task of making the content fit for a K-12 audience.  These traveling exhibitions have the ability to make the research library’s collections available to a wider audience.  We hope they will enrich the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the collections while supporting the Library’s primary mission as an educational resource.

Additionally, I have been searching the library’s digital archives for ideas to create brand new, original traveling exhibits.  It looks like Berenice Abbott’s Changing New York and The Pageant of America: A Pictoral History of the United States will have many connections to the New York City curriculum.  There are really some amazing things on NYPL’s digital gallery!  I’d be surprised if the two images listed below don’t entice you to check it out.

Bomb exploding inside a whale.

Bomb exploding inside a whale.

Gumard, sapphirine, Trigla hirundo from The natural history of British fishes : including scientific and general descriptions of the most interesting species, and an extensive selection of accurately finished coloured plates. (1802-1808)

Gumard, sapphirine, Trigla hirundo from The natural history of British fishes : including scientific and general descriptions of the most interesting species, and an extensive selection of accurately finished coloured plates. (1802-1808)

P.S.  For serious, you all are in my dreams almost every night.  I think my brain is detoxing.  Miss you.


Dr. Matt Destruction’s Sing-Along Blog

June 2, 2009

With Monday being orientation day for all of the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program participants (and yes, you must call the internship program by its full name), Tuesday was my first day of actual work. I can only imagine how different my internship will be from the rest of yours. It’s a very planned out program with professional seminars, weekly reports, and other leadership building activities. Most of the other interns are actually undergrad sports management majors, who seem nice, but enough of them didn’t know what “curatorial” meant to make me very glad that I’m the only intern in my department.

Speaking of the curatorial department, John Odell (Curator of History and Research) has lined up a lot of great projects for me. I’ll be doing an artifact spotlight presentation, which is when a staff member brings out objects not on display and lets the public get a close up look. I picked a Ted Williams limited edition G.I. Joe to talk about pop culture and baseball. I’ll also be starting the research on a new exhibit about baseball records, writing for their quarterly publication, writing labels for the exhibit “Scribes and Mikemen”, and editing the museum script. Those are just the major projects. They are really trying to get their moneys worth with me.

I got to see the Hall of Fame’s new exhibit, “Viva Baseball”, for the first time. It opened last weekend, but I haven’t had a chance to look at it till today. It was a very interesting look at the role of Latin American players and the way baseball is played in their home countries. The best part about the exhibit is that it is completely bilingual. The Hall of Fame doesn’t have many Spanish-speaking visitors, but I think that having Spanish labels shows respect to the culture of the players they are talking about. There is an interactive panel about making it to the major leagues, and it asks for English speaking visitors to figure out what the Spanish speaking manager is telling them to do. It’s just some flip panels, but it spoke to the difficulty many Hispanic players have when the come to play baseball in America and have an English speaking manager.


That’s all that’s really happened so far. I’m sure I’ll have more to talk about as summer camp, I mean my internship, rolls along. Oh yeah, wait till you see pictures of my uniform. I look sexy in stone colored slacks. Mmm mmm mmm.

I wanted to post an mp3 with each post, but I’m not about to pay for a space upgrade. So you’ll just have to enjoy my music picks and download them illegally yourself.

Dr. Matt Destruction’s Song to Sing-Along to: “Song for Myla Goldberg” by The Decemberists