Hirshhorn Plaza

Conservation of Arnaldo Pomodoro’s "Sphere No. 6 (Sphere within a Sphere)," 1963-1965
Conservation of Arnaldo Pomodoro’s Sphere No. 6 (Sphere within a Sphere), 1963-1965

Each year the Hirshhorn Museum Conservation Department implements a maintenance program for the outdoor sculpture collection.  For the 2019 season, the Museum is offering an outdoor sculpture conservation internship for one pre-program candidate. The internship will span eight consecutive weeks (four days a week), beginning in mid/late June, depending upon the availability of the successful candidate. A stipend of $2000 will be offered.

The internship is designed for candidates who are seriously considering a graduate level degree in conservation. The participant will receive a hands-on introduction to outdoor sculpture conservation and opportunities to assist with other conservation related projects related to the care of a contemporary art collection.

The intern will carry out a variety of conservation treatments on the outdoor sculpture collection, document sculpture treatments through treatment reports and digital documentation, learn the properties and application of a range of conservation materials, and utilize specialized tools and analytical equipment in the performance of their daily duties. In addition to treating and examining artwork, the intern will be introduced to the essential routine tasks of a conservator: conducting gallery inspections, monitoring environmental conditions in the collection spaces, and maintaining a clean work space.

The Hirshhorn Museum has more than seventy sculptures situated throughout its sculpture garden and plaza areas and consist of a variety of materials including stone, bronze, iron, aluminum, and steel. The outdoor sculptures receive annual maintenance conservation treatments that may include washing, the application of protective surface coatings, repainting, and structural repairs. This work is performed mostly outdoors, is strenuous, and often requires working in very hot and humid conditions.


Applications must be completed online at https://solaa.si.edu no later than COB Friday, March 8, 2019. Any questions about the internship should be directed to Stephanie Lussier at LussierS@si.edu. For more information about the Museum’s collection, please visit the collection.