If I hadn’t interned at Jack Geary Gallery in NYC, I could have never grasped the extent of the vibrant, lively gallery scene in the art world. As a History of Art and Architecture concentrator, I had focused only (and quite extensively) on art and its literature. However, my time at Jack Geary Gallery made me realize a significant part of the field that I was missing out on. Before I officially started my time in New York, I went down to Miami Art Week, and saw for the first time the absolutely exhilarating art fair scene—hopping from Art Basel Miami, Aqua Art Miami, to NADA, and working the gallery booth as well. That trip was a great introduction to my work at the gallery. I prepared for the gallery’s upcoming show on Andy Hall, a contemporary artist based in Chicago. I worked on the exhibition catalogue, designed the postcard, and wrote up précis of the exhibition. I strategized with Jack and Dolly, the wonderful owners of the gallery, on the artwork installation. I wrote the press release for the Dallas Art Fair in April, and analyzed how to best publicize the gallery. We created beautiful Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. And perhaps the best part of my experience is that I was constantly moving around both physically and mentally—something that befits the fast tempo of the contemporary art world. I traversed through Chelsea, exploring some of the world-famed galleries like Gagosian. I went to the MoMA PS1 with Jack and Dolly, gasping at Mike Kelley’s brilliant, neon-hued fabric puffs. At Museo del Barrio’s Biennale, we discussed who to possibly invite to show with the gallery. I absolutely loved every single moment of this eye-opening adventure. Although my time at the gallery was a mere three weeks, this experience has not only changed my career possibilities, but also reminded me of why I love art so much.
Adela Kim ‘16
Jack Geary Gallery, NYC
Image: Preparing to unpack Andy Hall’s artworks.