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  • Latino Museum Studies Program Practicum

    Archives of American Art (AAA) Do you even want to be? exhibition and publication research Dr. Josh T. Franco, National Collector, AAA Project Overview:

    With over twenty million items and counting, the Archives of American Art (AAA) is the worlds largest repository for documents related to the history of American art. In 2015, AAA hired a Latino Collections Specialist to focus on acquiring papers related to US Latino/a art. Building on AAAs holdings resulting from past initiatives in south Florida and Texas especially, the Latino Collections Specialist made further acquisitions from New York, Denver, Florida, the Midwest, and the West Coast including: Cheech Marin (Oral History), Paul Ramirez Jonas, Andres Serrano, Kathy Vargas, Victor Zamudio-Taylor, and Tony Ortega. AAAs mission is to acquire primary sourcesletters, diaries, journals, notes, and other unpublished writings, financial records, photographs, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, audio and video recordings, rare printed material, and the likefrom artists, critics, collectors, art historians and others. Among these materials a trend became evident: whether in correspondence, notes to self, or other writings and documents, many of these donors expressed uneasiness about identifying as Latina/o (and the related various labels specific to countries of origin) in an art context. One standout document is a letter from Andres Serrano to artist and scholar Luis Camnitzer in which Serrano praises a recent article by Camnitzer, while also pointing out the inaccuracy of his cited birthplace and pointing to this as an example of implicit bias of origin in scholarship on artists of Latin American origin. Camnitzer stated that Serrano was born in Puerto Rico. Serrano was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and has never resided outside of New York City, as he points out. In his letter, Serrano calls this misstated biographical detail an example of Hispanic hoopla. The practicum will include the following activities:

    Conduct a comprehensive survey of collections with potential related material identified by the National Collector. S/he will develop a database for relevant documents, once identified.

    Review interviews from AAAs Oral History program for relevant examples as well.

    Researching AAAs collections for examples of Latinx identity in crisis.

    Communicate with donors to gain further context for documents of interest.

    Assisting National Collector in further conceiving details of a proposed exhibition.

    Researching prior exhibitions and publications with similar conceptual frameworks.

  • Latino Museum Studies Program Practicum

    Project final report and presentation. Practicum Goal:

    To identify enough material to constitute an exhibition in AAAs Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery. The outcome will be assessed by the National Collector and Mary Savig, Curator of Manuscripts.

    Practicum may be best suited for students in the areas of: Art History, Library & Information Science, Latinx Studies, History, American Studies, Art, Ethnic Studies, English, and Comparative Literature.

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  • Latino Museum Studies Program Practicum

    Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH) Locating Latinidad: Activating Archival Access to Latino-related Collections Dr. Amalia Crdova, Latino Digital Curator of New and Emerging Media Cecilia Peterson, Digital Projects Archivist Dave Walker, Audio Preservation Specialist Project Overview: The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is home to some of the worlds most important ethnographic documentary materials from the second half of the twentieth century. This includes video documentation of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (which began in 1967 as the Festival of American Folklife) as well as video of original field research and special projects conducted across the country and around the world by Center curators and staff. The Rinzler Archives is also home more than a dozen collections of record labels acquired and curated by the Centers non-profit record label Smithsonian Folkways Records (SFR). The collections are strong in American, and more specifically Euro-American, African-American, Caribbean, and Native American musical, performance, and material culture traditions. Based on our collections, we intend the Fellows activities to range from on-site archival research, English/Spanish translation and transcription, and active participation in feedback sessions with web, archival, and curatorial staff. The practicum will include the following activities:

    Develop a familiarity with archival collections care, practices, and procedures. Co-develop a method for creating enhanced access points (e.g., a subject guide) for Latino-

    related content in archival collections. Produce one public-facing, web-based resource informed by research interests and feasibility.

    Project final report and presentation.

    Practicum Goal:

    To create web-based resources that will tell larger stories and provide context around Latino-related content through an interface that will be available in English and Spanish.

    Practicum may be best suited for students in the areas of: Library and Archival Science, American Studies, Curatorial Studies, Latino Studies, Public History, and Digital Humanities, but all encouraged to apply.

  • Latino Museum Studies Program Practicum

    Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) 1968! Communities, Cultures & the Poor Peoples Campaign Aaron Bryant, Curator of Photography, Visual Culture, and Contemporary Political History Kelly Navies, Museum Specialist, Oral History Project Overview: In 2018, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is recognizing the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.s death with a special exhibition to honor the civil rights leaders final and most ambitious dream, the Poor Peoples Campaign (PPC). The campaign was a multiethnic movement in which protesters from across the country came to Washington, D.C. to demand equal access to economic mobility and social justice. Titled City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor Peoples Campaign (City of Hope), the exhibition opened December 15, 2017, and will run through January 5, 2019. Central to the exhibition are oral histories with movement organizers and participants. Excerpts from select interviews are currently available in the exhibit, with additional extended excerpts planned for online experiences, including a web exhibit and social media campaigns. As part of the practicum, the fellow will work with the exhibitions curator and oral historian to help shape these experiences. The practicum will include the following activities:

    Conducting research on select oral history candidates, civil rights organizations, and any related social movements.

    Transcribing select oral histories.

    Identifying additional oral history candidates.

    Assisting in processing oral histories.

    Working with the exhibits curator and oral historian, as well as the museums web and social media teams, to develop features on select activists and oral histories online.

    Project final report and presentation.

    Practicum Goals:

    To gain practical experience in methods for oral history and life history research.

    To gain experience in 21st century curatorial practices and curating for online audiences.

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    To gain experience in making historical research relevant to contemporary issues and audiences.

    The practicum is best suited for students in the areas of: History and Cultural Studies, including Ethnic Studies, Womens Studies, American Studies, and Policy Studies. However, we encourage everyone to apply. Fellows must be organized, self-motivated, and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment. Spanish language skills preferred. For more information on the exhibit, City of Hope, please visit the following: