Art Deco Lighting Research
Location: Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Library (New York, NY)
This project is ideal for a student pursing a Masters in Decorative Arts, Art History or Library and Information Science with good computer, writing, organizational and communication skills. Knowledge of design, specifically Art Deco, would be helpful.
This intern will collaborate with staff to research art deco lighting designs found in the library’s E.F. Caldwell Lighting collection (http://library.si.edu/digital-library/collection/caldwell). The goal of the project is to uncover the diverse art deco patterns that Caldwell created for commercial, public, and residences through the country with a focus on major commissions in Chicago with the aim of producing an online resource in the future. The intern will have the opportunity to investigate online display options and make recommendations based on the platforms and tools available, which may include social media and the Smithsonian Libraries blog.
The intern will learn through discussions and readings about the Caldwell firm as well as the design elements and motifs that were employed in the art deco period. Additionally, they will learn how to conduct research in the Caldwell client files and on buildings and their architects throughout the country in which Caldwell lights were installed. Finally, working with staff, the intern will learn metadata organization in preparation for an online resource.
Applications are due January 15th, 2016.
To read full posting including application instructions: http://library.si.edu/2016ProfDev