Jelane Da Silva
Aperture’s Exhibitions & Collections Work Scholar
I began my internship at Aperture Foundation on January 8th, 2020. I was hired by the Exhibitions manager to be the work scholar for the Exhibitions and Collections departments. Aperture Foundation is built of many different departments, a handful of which often overlap. I was given the opportunity to experiment with a number of the differing departments, such as the Sales department; I worked with organizing and selling prints, magazines, and book during the Armory Show. I also had the chance to work with the Copy-Editing department; it was a rather mundane set of tasks, but I assisted to edit grammar of a book that was just recently published. As an intern for the Exhibitions and Collections departments, my primary tasks were to gather venue research, physically handle works of art, and to correspond with outside parties, such as artists and curators. The goal of my research at Aperture was to find galleries and museums, located around the world, with the hope that I could find venues for Aperture’s traveling exhibitions. This involved online research of institutions and curators, and then getting in contact with them to discuss the subjects of Aperture’s exhibitions via email or phone. In regards to the art-handling portion of my internship, this was something I had never seriously experienced before. It was, of course, all hands-on; matting, cleaning, condition reporting, packaging, installing and uninstalling, and transporting photographs – both framed and unframed. Much of the time I spent in the Aperture office and gallery was spent carrying out these physical tasks, and I believe that overall my art-handling skills have benefitted the most from this experience. Additionally, I was required to develop relationships with outside parties, such as curators, artists, patrons and customers, other partnering establishments, and so forth. This essentially means that I had to become a face of Aperture, using basic customer service etiquette to update those people on statuses of sales regarding books, prints, magazines, conditions of photographs, exhibition data and more. As an intern I was given my own agencies and, overall, it is reassuring to know that Aperture is somewhat dependent on their interns and trusts them to diligently carry out their assigned tasks.