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Subject: Internship at Pocantico Center

Internship at Pocantico Center

From: Rachel Hansen <rhansen<-a>
Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Tapestry conservation internship
Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF)

The Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) seeks an
intern to work with the Tapestry Collection at Kykuit, in Tarrytown
New York.  Kykuit is a historic family home completed in 1913, with
collections of fine and decorative art.  The house is surrounded by
a landscape of gardens from the early 20th Century, with sculpture
originally sited when the gardens were built, as well as 70 modern
European and American works installed in the 1960s and 1970s.  The
Rockefeller Brothers Fund oversees the stewardship of the Pocantico
Historic Area including the collections, buildings, grounds, and

In addition to overseeing the stewardship of the historic buildings,
collections and gardens, the Pocantico Center is a venue for
conferences and meetings on critical issues related to the mission
of the RBF.  It also serves as a community resource and offers
public access through a visitation program, lectures, and cultural
events, as well as support to artists and arts organizations in the
greater New York City area.  Located 20 miles north of Manhattan in
the Pocantico Historic Area, The Pocantico Center is managed by the
Rockefeller Brothers Fund as part of its agreement with the National
Trust for Historic Preservation. Founded in 1940, the fund
encourages social change that contributes to a more just,
sustainable, and peaceful world.

Internship summary: Under the supervision of the curator, and
working with the curatorial assistant, the intern will assist with
the cleaning of 15 Tapestries.  Each tapestry averages in size of
approximately 9 feet x 12feet each; located in the Pocantico
Conference Center and Kykuit Galleries.

Additional internship tasks will include:

    Participating in writing a brief report on the condition of each

    Carefully removing each tapestry from the walls

    Detaching each tapestry's fabric backing

    Vacuuming the front and back of each tapestry

    Re-attaching the fabric backings

    Re-hanging the tapestries

Expectations: The successful intern candidate will:

    Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in arts,
    textile conservation and preservation, or a related field

    Have the ability to participate in physical work activities that
    involves using a ladder, lifting items that are at least 30
    pounds., etc.

    Have prior textile preservation or conservation experience and
    training including basic hand-sewing abilities

    Have experience handling museum objects or textiles

Schedule and salary: This is a paid six week internship opportunity
with an hourly rate of $15.  The internship schedule is a maximum of
fifteen hours weekly based on a two or three days per week
availability; Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays preferred.  The
internship may end sooner if tapestries are successfully cleaned and
re-hung in a shorter period of time than currently anticipated.

Application process: The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is an equal
opportunity employer and invites applications from candidates
regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or
religion.  To apply, please send a letter explaining your interest
in the position and qualifications along with a resume to:

    Cynthia Altman
    Curator, Kykuit
    The Pocantico Center
    200 Lake Road
    Tarrytown NY 10591
    caltman<-a t->rbf< . >org

For additional information about the Pocantico Center and the RBF,
please visit


Rachel Hansen
Curatorial Assistant, Kykuit
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
200 Lake Road
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Fax: 914-524-6585

                  Conservation DistList Instance 28:11
                  Distributed: Friday, August 15, 2014
                       Message Id: cdl-28-11-024
Received on Wednesday, 13 August, 2014

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