Janet Carmona sends this report from the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago where she is spending the summer as a curatorial and collections management intern.
“This summer the NMMA is preparing for an exhibition that will be on display for the next 10 years. One of my responsibilities is to research and find some images relating to one of the artists who will be featured, the French-Mexican artist Jean Charlot. He’s second from the left in this group picture (below) with his more recognizable contemporaries, including Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The images I find will accompany a painting of Charlot’s in the exhibition so I want to make sure I find some that can tell a larger story of the painting while at the same time remain consistent with the theme of the exhibition. This will require a dig nay, several digs through the artist archives at the Art Institute of Chicago‘s Ryerson and Burnham Libraries which I am super excited about.”