What does your ideal museum job look like?
This section of the course has grabbed my attention and made me ask many questions about myself, much like the one prompting this post. I recently completed an internship With Dr. Kathrine Ringsmuth for the University of Alaska Anchorage. I aided in the production of a featurette that will be presented alongside some of the pieces in an exhibit titled Mug Up, based around the Naknek Canneries in Bristol Bay. Originally the exhibit had been slated for 2021-22. However, depending on the current virus situation, it could be long until I get to see the product of my effort on display. Regardless, I found this experience to be a great insight into the way that these exhibitions come to be, along with my discovery of the class in the UAF catalog, which has made me very excited about the possibility of becoming employed at a museum.
I enjoyed being on a production team for a work that can help illustrate a lot about the things presented in the Exhibition. I also very much enjoy working with my hands; I feel that the opportunity to further develop my industrial skills through the service to a museum could be incredibly rewarding. This possible role would definitely require some further training before it could become a reality. I am afraid my carpentry skills are pedestrian at best. The prospect of getting to assemble the features of an exhibit sounds like a lot of fun. The Exhibition I interned on with Dr. Ringsmuth consisted of a variety of staged areas, one of which was a recreation of a cannery slime line. I think that in attempting to recreate these scenes and objects, you can learn a lot about them. Perhaps in the future, I can donate more of my time to the project in order to get my hands in the mix somehow.
This is a rendering of the exhibition my work will be shown in. Taken from the <NN> cannery Project, who can be found at the following URL. https://nncanneryproject.com
I also find that I might be keen on the curation aspect of things. Choosing the items contained within the collections is arguably one of the most essential jobs in a museum. After all, what would a museum be without its items? I think to exceed in this role, I would need to identify and read the many books that I am certain to exist on the design and curation of a museum exhibit. I find that making choices of what you do and do not show people can have a massive effect on an exhibit’s credibility. I have been able to visit many here in the Anchorage Museum that has never left me feeling like any of them were idealizing their subject but rather carefully analyzing. I think Idealizing is definitely a trap that can be easy to fall into and perpetuate if one does not even realize they are doing it. I am curious about what titles can be considered the “classics” relating to this topic?