August 9, 2021
Rising senior Min Park collaborates with curators during Penn ICA summer internship
by Louisa Shepard | August 2, 2021
Sorting through shelves of books while organizing the Institute of Contemporary Art archives, summer curatorial intern Min Park, a rising senior, discovered handwritten lecture notes by the late abstract artist Agnes Martin, one of her favorites. Park learned that Martin had an influential exhibition at the ICA that marked her return to the art scene after a long hiatus.
A fan of the museum since she was a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, this is just the kind of access and research Park was hoping for when she applied for the internship through Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.
“I thought it was really interesting how the ICA experiments with different approaches to exhibitions. They change their gallery space every exhibition to create a unique experience. They also work very closely with the artists and other collaborators,” says Park. “The ICA had numerous exhibitions in the past to showcase the works of contemporary artists working or even developing in their career, so I really wanted to get to learn more about the institution.”
A history of art major pursuing minors in fine arts and cinema & media studies, Park returned to campus this summer for her senior year after her own hiatus, having taken a gap year at home with her family in Seoul. “I wanted to have a clearer idea of what I wanted to do in my final year at Penn and post grad,” she says. “I wanted to explore how I can continue my study outside of school and push my studies at my own pace through reading and personal projects.”