LACE’s archives are an invaluable site of cultural history for Los Angeles, as LACE has been a crucial participant in the city’s artistic production for over three decades, often housing artwork that is experimental in nature. This LACE Archives Internship is an opportunity to work with LACE’s unique collections, which include documentation of art exhibitions and performances held at LACE since 1978, extensive holdings of photographic and video material and records pertaining to the institution’s history.
The LACE Archives Internship will provide an interested individual with the opportunity to gain training and experience working with archival collections. In addition to providing training in widely held standards and protocol of collections management, it also offers a unique introduction to working with collections related to experimental and variable media art. The Archives Intern will: – Learn first-hand about collections-management issues and make use of an extensive database specifically designed by Franklin Furnace Archive to meet the needs of collections of conceptual and other variable media art; – Learn about ways that archival collections are made publicly accessible and work with the LACE Archives Fellow to integrate the catalogue of LACE’s holdings into searchable online databases; – Process a variety of material from LACE’s recent exhibitions and events (e.g. photographs, video, press clippings, correspondence), attending to preservation concerns and updating the archives database as needed; – Respond to research inquiries about LACE’s archive and facilitate the use of collections by LACE staff members and visiting scholars and artists; – Digitize selected items from LACE’s collections, including videos, slides and printed matter; – Work with the LACE Archives Fellow to develop online resources that will provide broad access to, and contextualization of LACE’s digitized collections, including project-specific and thematic websites; – Think creatively about how to generate broad interest in LACE’s archival collections; and – Serve as a liaison with LACE’s webmaster to facilitate the integration of documents from the archive into LACE’s website. Application instructions: Send a resume, references, and a cover letter explaining the reasons for your interest in this position to: Jennifer Flores Sternad at jennifer [AT] welcometolace [DOT] org
LACE internships require a commitment of approx. 16 hours per week for a minimum of three months. For further information, please contact Jennifer via e-mail or at (323) 957-1777 x 11. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.