Latent Emissions, Chakaia Booker
Name: Sarah Martin
Position: Curator of Education, Public Programs
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the most rewarding aspect of your position?:
I feel most fulfilled and energized when I am working with young people in the Museum. Their insights and creativity are inspiring and always cause me to think more deeply about works in our collection. They also keep me on my toes. I never know where they’re going to lead me but I always know that the journey will be a fun one!
How did you get into museum work?:
I can credit my college work-study job for getting me into museum work. I was a gallery assistant in the Moreau Galleries at Saint Mary’s College. My supervisor quickly became a mentor and introduced me to the inner workings of the galleries and museums. I changed my major from Communications to Art History in order to pursue a career in museums. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do—only that I wanted to work in museums. I went on to study Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. After I received my master’s degree I began my museum career at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (now Newfields) in the education department. Through my work with adults, young people, and docents I found my focus—connecting people of all ages with art from around the world and throughout time.
Favorite work in the Snite Museum of Art?:
My current favorite work in the Museum (it seems to change on an almost weekly basis depending on what I’m working on) is a piece in our Mesoamerican collection. It’s a small clay figurine of a woman holding a dog against her chest. She looks as if she’s talking to the pup. The artist skillfully suggested real affection between the two through the woman’s pose, the direction of her gaze, and the posture of the dog. I often hold my dog and talk to him in this very same way. Though this piece is over 1,700 years old and from another country (Mexico), I feel strongly connected to it through our shared love of a pet.