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Interning with Ancient Art (CMA Intern Week)

Granny Sweaters and an Amber Boar: Insights from CMA’s Ancient Art Intern, Jenna Corcoran 

     Ordinarily, in the summer, I want nothing more than to worship the sun and to catch up with Deadliest Catch. But, as a rising college senior, there’s more to do than emotionally invest myself in crabbing or obtain the perfect tan and, quite truthfully, there’s so much more to museum life than meets the eye. Thus, I have found myself tucked away in the Ingalls Library (just a short trek from the ever-so-popular atrium), absorbing all the knowledge that I can and absorbing all the sun in the world whenever I walk past the newest sculpture on the front lawn. It’s a pretty great arrangement.

Though I must admit that I am a serious fan-girl of C-Curve (that ray-catching contemporary sculpture by Anish Kapoor), I, in fact, intern with the Ancient Art department, where my heart and undergraduate area-of-interest reside. It’s a department fueled by the efforts of two fabulous human beings, whom I have been extraordinarily fortunate to learn from. I am by no means spending my summer serving at the behest of a Miranda Priestly or busily re-filing previously filed files. I am researching various objects within the collection in order to ultimately generate a deeper appreciation for them. I also assist on different projects as needed, but from a greater perspective I think that, more than anything else I do, I am learning.

And my take-away is invaluable, forty thousand times the quality of any Chinese take-away you’ve ever had, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I learn a great deal not only about objects from antiquity but about everything in between. Just the other day I had a conversation concerning carved amber objects and learned that there is an upcoming coin show at the Polish-American community center in my area. I have also had the opportunity to learn about the museum as a comprehensive whole. Some internships require that you consistently keep your finger to the pulse, but here at the CMA you become a part of that pulse that keeps the museum full of life.

I’ve had the chance to learn about and interact with other departments, aside from curatorial, such as education and exhibitions, while drinking in every word Michael Bennett, curator of Greek and Roman art, has to say. I’ll be interning here for another two weeks and look forward to it immensely. 

I can’t write a blog post and not tell you about me, so here are some fast facts: 

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It vaguely reminds me of Pixar's eve from Wall E.

Statuette of a Woman: “The Stargazer,” c. 3000 BC. Early Bronze Age, Western Anatolia. Marble; overall: H. 17.2 cm,  W. 6.5 cm, D. 6.3 cm. Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund; John L. Severance Fund 1993.165.

 Sleep and Death Cista Handle, 400375 BC. Italy, Etruscan, early 4th century BC. Bronze; with base: 18.5 x 18.3 cm. Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1945.13.

You can't not ogle.  

 Apollo the Python-Slayer, c. 350 BC. Attributed to Praxiteles (Greek, c. 400 BCc. 330 BC). Bronze, copper, and stone inlay; overall: H. 150 cm, W. 50.3 cm, D. 66.8 cm. Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2004.30.

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