Interview with the Interns: Focus on Iconic Women of Pop Art

As the first career-based, college preparatory high school internship program of its kind, Trinity High School’s Pre-Professional Internship Program places students in grades 10, 11, and 12 in professional settings one full day each week throughout the school year.  Students provide valuable assistance to their corporate mentors at more than 70 Cleveland area facilities, including the Cleveland Clinic, as they build a resume of experiences for college and beyond.  The program prepares students for college as it assists them in focusing their career goals and also encourages graduates to begin careers after college in the Northeast Ohio area as it showcases the wide range of available career opportunities. This season, three students from Trinity High School are interning in the curatorial department at the Cleveland Museum of Art, each focusing on a different project in which they design their own "exhibitions." We sat down to talk to them on their individual interests and experiences related to their internships and exhibition projects. Below, Samantha Nicole Mischak tells us about her project progress.

My exhibition theme has changed over the past few months. My theme is now based on the depiction of iconic women in America through pop art. I will have three sections in my exhibition: the Beautiful Woman, the Damsel in Distress, and the Warrior. Most of the pieces I will be using in the exhibitions are from the mid 40s, late 60s and early 70s. During this time period, if a woman looked a certain way they were considered beautiful and a part of the in-crowd, which explains the Beautiful Women section. As for the Warrior section, during this time women were taking a stand for their rights and freedoms as women. Being a warrior during this time period really showed that you had respect for women and were fighting for their rights. The last section in my exhibit is the Damsel in Distress, this category shows helplessness and how some women were not able to stand up for themselves. I will show all of this through pop art, the three different categories really show how important it is to realize what women did and how they changed over time. 

Liz, 1964. Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987). Offset lithograph, Image - h:55.80 w:55.80 cm (h:21 15/16 w:21 15/16 inches). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Steinberg in memory of Katherine C. White 1980.220. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

My favorite piece in my exhibition is the lithograph of Elizabeth Taylor that is shown above. This work from the Cleveland Museum of Art's collection, created by Andy Warhol, is my favorite out of all the pieces because this is the one that caught my eye and inspired me to highlight women during her time period, and her beauty really intrigues me. This work is really the inspiration behind my exhibition, and it gave me many ideas, and a lot of questions, about the reasons I was drawn to this portrait.


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