Exhibition Design Fall Intern

Whitney Museum of American Art Whitney Museum of American Art Employer:
New York, NY, USLocation:
Wed, Aug 1 '18Posted on:

Projects/work assignments 

The Exhibition Design Department Intern will provide design support for exhibitions in various stages of planning:

  • Schematic design for a historical survey of the impact of Mexican muralists on American art
  • Advanced design for the next cycle of collection installations and a contemporary artist mid-career survey
  • Construction and installation of the Andy Warhol retrospective
  • Interns will participate in departmental design charrettes and meetings with exhibition curators to review design concepts and art layouts as well as planning meetings involving colleagues across the institution
  • Interns will also assist in making art layouts, scaled maquettes of the artwork, study models, full scale mockups and presentation materials 

Skills and qualifications required including technology skills

  • Enrolled in architecture or related design program
  • 2D drafting skills, preferably Vectorworks, 3D modeling skills, preferably Rhino and V-Ray, and fluency in Adobe Suite.
  • Facility with building both study and finish models
  • Ability to think abstractly and creatively
  • Concern for details
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work in a flexible, fast-paced environment on simultaneous projects
  • When applying, candidates must provide a link to a design portfolio

What type of training will be provided?

  • Interns will be exposed to the process of how exhibitions are realized from conception to installation and the role of Exhibition Design in that process  
  • Interns will work alongside designers and curators to develop an exhibition’s narrative and environments to support that
  • Interns will learn the tools designers use to communicate spatial and conceptual ideas to curators and the larger institution. This includes training in developing scaled models of the art work, working on models of the architecture of the exhibition, developing larger mock ups, developing architectural drawings, and looking critically at art layout in terms of curatorial checklists

What skills and knowledge will the intern gain by the end of the program?

  • Learning the skills to help assess art checklists, developing three-dimensional thinking with 2D work and 3D work, learning the fundamentals of exhibition design planning
  • Gaining insight from how a large museum of this scale works and how other departments affect exhibition design 

Please complete an application located on the Museum’s website:

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