Kristina McCue is a junior studying Art History at the College of Art and Design. She participated in an internship at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Kendall square during the Spring 2017 semester. We caught up with Kristina to learn more about her internship and how Art History provides the opportunity to study across industries and disciplines.
I decided to study Art History because it encompasses other academic areas that I am interested in, specifically sociology and psychology. Art History allows me to pursue this interest in psychology with studies of individual artists, as well as the psychology behind art reception and how people connect to art. Sociology is also involved because of the art-world influencing contemporary culture. Also, as an artist I am fascinated by the Visual Arts and keeping it a part of my academic life was important when I chose this major and Fine Arts as a minor.
For my junior year internship, I am working at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Kendall Square. I am working as an intern in digital marketing, development, and special events. I do a lot of work in marketing data organization and advertising for different events at MIT List, as well as preparation for gallery openings.
One exhibit that I recently researched and helped to promote is An Inventory of Shimmers: Objects of Intimacy in Contemporary Art. The exhibition presents work that investigates our intimate relationships with objects; works that act as vehicles for affective engagement or transactions of desire, including objects that carry the traces of things we can’t see but have to trust. As an intern at MIT I am able to attend "Member Events" and I hope to attend the opening reception for this exhibit and others.
I chose the List Visual Arts Center for my internship because of its dynamism and involvement with contemporary and up-and-coming artists, both local and international. MIT List is also located relatively close to campus – which makes it easier for me to pick up more hours and have a flexible schedule.
As an Art History major and Fine Arts minor I have a particular interest in the commercial art world. MIT List is a great introduction to gallery and museum advertising. It gives me a behind-the-scenes look on the functioning of a dynamic contemporary art museum and gallery. In my short time working at MIT List I have been exposed to many new artists and experienced some powerful exhibitions and installations.
I have yet to form a concrete idea of what I want to do after graduation. This academic experience creates many avenues and opportunities that are available in a broad range of industries. I am interested in the commercial art world and the contemporary art market, specifically art consultation and buying and commercial gallery involvement. Additionally, I have considered pursuing involvement with contemporary art museums and art conservation and restoration.
My advice to newer art and design students, particularly those undecided in what course of study to pursue, would be to utilize resources like the Career Resource Center to explore different possibilities. This resource and others on campus are available to help you figure out how your program of study can translate to a career path.
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