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Experience: Curatorial Intern at the Musée d’Orsay

Jordan Silver at the Musée d’Orsay.
Jordan Silver at the Musée d’Orsay.
Jordan Silver at the Musée d’Orsay.
Written by
Colin Buttimer
Published date
29 July 2015
Jordan Silver at the Musée d'Orsay.

Jordan Silver at the Musée d’Orsay.

After graduating from MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy this summer, Jordan Silver took up an internship at the Musée d’Orsay.

Here, Jordan tells us about his Parisian experiences and how Central Saint Martins shaped his development.

Tell us about your internship.

Jordan: I am a curatorial intern in the paintings department of Musée d’Orsay. My primary task is curatorial research for two upcoming special exhibitions, where I get to reference many original documents and texts from the museum archives.

The first is a retrospective of the painter Frederic Bazille. The second is a survey of the arts under the second empire of France and the reign of Napoleon III from 1852 to 1870. I have also been heavily involved in the composition of loan requests for the latter exhibition, especially when the d’Orsay applies to non-French museums and institutions.

Beyond this, I have been very fortunate to help manage the collections on display – offering insight into which works are shown and where they are placed – and oversee the installation of new works in the galleries each week.

How have your studies helped you?

Jordan: I recently completed my MRes Art in Theory and Philosophy at Central Saint Martins, under the guidance of Christopher Kul-Want. My research at Central Saint Martins sought to explore the significance of 19th-century Paris in the work of Walter Benjamin.

The expertise of the staff at Central Saint Martins – namely Christopher Kul-Want and Karl Baker – has been invaluable to my development as a scholar and my ability to work independently. I also learned a great many other things from both my fellow students and the resources afforded me at Central Saint Martins.

What are your future plans?

Jordan: This coming fall, I begin my PhD research under the supervision of Dr. Francesca Berry in History of Art at the University of Birmingham. I have been very fortunate to receive one of only a few College of Arts and Law doctoral scholarships.

My research seeks to formulate something of a working ontology for the practice of 19th-century French painter Edouard Manet. I will also be returning to Paris to continue working at Musée d’Orsay.

More information:
MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy
Christopher Kul-Want