For the fall semester, graduate student LaTanya Autry began working at the Museum of Modern Art as the Project Coordinator of the new Museum Research Consortium initiative. This Mellon Foundation funded partnership with the graduate art history programs at Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and the Graduate Center at City University of New York aims to deepen ties between MoMA and the academic community while training future curators and art historians.
LaTanya writes: "This innovative project requires a diverse skill set. Fortunately, my varied academic training in art history, museum studies, teaching, social media-based public engagement, and prior work experience as an administrative assistant serve as an important foundation in this position. In addition to managing the activities of the five year-long fellows, I am organizing two annual study sessions that bring together Consortium participants (museum curators and conservators, faculty members, graduate students, and guest scholars) to discuss and closely examine objects in MoMA's collection. Also, I am working with a team to develop an interactive digital platform that will feature new research and commentary pertaining to the study sessions' objects. Besides these primary undertakings, I am performing bibliographic and website development research for an upcoming exhibition."
"This opportunity strongly relates to my interests in connections between academic spheres, museums, and broader publics. As I participate in this project, I will strengthen my knowledge of object-based art historical approaches, museum work, and digital humanities."