With generous support from the Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship program, Fathomers is pleased to announce a new opportunity for a Curatorial Intern for summer 2021.
The Intern will join Fathomers primarily to assist with key curatorial and planning activities for Emergence: A Genealogy, a global bioart survey supported by Pacific Standard Time, to be presented at the Japanese American Community and Cultural Center in fall 2024. The exhibition and a related publication will together examine and contextualize visions and iterations of the future human as seen through the lenses of biotechnology and bioart, with research strongly inflected by global perspectives, questions of biopolitics, and the systemic silencing and erasure of voices of color in medicine and the biosciences.
We plan for 70 percent of the Intern’s time to be devoted to Emergence, with responsibilities including:
Research of key themes;
Meetings with the curatorial team;
Compilation of dossiers on foundational works from early bio artists;
Assembly of documents, plans, and interviews with scientists, engineers, and members of the biotech revolution;
Potential collaborator outreach; and
Planning of an adjacent program and/or advisory council convening.
The remaining 30 percent of the Intern’s time will include curatorial research for Fathomers’ additional projects; shadowing full-time staff members; learning about key nonprofit operations; and participating in external communications.
In the final week of the term, the intern will make a presentation about their research (in addition to a required written summary) for an audience of Fathomers staff and collaborators.
The ideal candidate has interests in bioart, biotechnology, exhibition-making, and publishing, though experience is not required.
The Getty Marrow internships are intended for outstanding students who are members of groups underrepresented in museums and visual arts organizations, including but not limited to individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent.
Eligibility for the internships is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates who reside in or attend college in Los Angeles County. Students must have completed at least one semester of college by June 2021, and those who will complete their degree by September 1, 2021, are also eligible to apply. Candidates can be from all areas of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts.
Due to the extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19, students who graduated after April 1, 2020, also are eligible to apply for summer 2021.
This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position, with a stipend of $6,000, to take place June 14 to August 20.
Fathomers is embracing long-term remote work as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the internship is designed to be viably completed as work from home. While we are no longer maintaining our Burbank office, the majority of staff members still reside in the Los Angeles region, and once staff and collaborators are able to meet safely in person again, we may access conference room and desk space as needed at co-working locations and collaborator sites.
Remote interns must have access to a computer and reliable internet connectivity.
Fathomers is a creative research institute dedicated to producing sites and encounters that challenge us to live and act differently in the world. We cultivate the ideas of die-hard dreamers, commission projects that seem far-fetched, and enlist expansive thinkers across disciplines to redefine the limits of scale, scope and support for artist-led projects.
We do this because we value discoveries made absent predetermined outcomes, and we believe in the power of the realized dream as a test site and model for visionary change.
About Getty Marrow
Aiming to encourage greater diversity in the professions related to museums and the visual arts, the Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship program in Los Angeles supports substantive, full-time summer work opportunities for college undergraduates from cultural backgrounds that have traditionally been underrepresented in the arts. Since the program began in 1993, 161 local arts institutions, including the Getty, have hosted over 3,300 internships, exposing students to career possibilities in the arts. Originally titled the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program, its name changed in late 2018 with announcement of the retirement of long-time Getty Foundation director Deborah Marrow, who began the program. To learn more about the program's impact and alumni working in the field, read the 25th Anniversary Report.