MOPA Staff Blogs

Brian Smith at MOPA

With Pictures of the Year International in our galleries, MOPA has been focused on photojournalism lately. We had a great workshop by Sam Hodgson and more recently a presentation by Pulitzer Prize winner, Brian Smith. I wanted to share some of what Brian shared back on August 1st.  I certainly won’t do him justice, as he is a very charismatic speaker and his career has been a rather dynamic one.

Collections Management: The Internship

This week, MOPA's Curatorial Department is pleased to present a guest blog from our summer intern, Diana Chavez.  Read on to learn more about her adventures in Collections Management.

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From Video Camp to Film School (Part 3 of 3)

My third and final experience in the MOPA film camp came the following summer, and the theme of this camp was creating a music video. We spent the first day getting to know each other and trying to split up into teams. Day two was spent playing each other music and trying to decide what songs to use. It was a long process narrowing it down, with everyone clinging to their favorites. But after rounds of voting we arrived at our two songs.

From Video Camp to Film School (pt. 2 of 3)

Months later, we noticed MOPA was having another video camp. This time, it was taking place over weekends in October, and the theme was making a scary movie. I knew immediately I needed to be part of it. Like the first camp, I quickly broke out my shell and felt right at home as we pitched ideas. We watched clips from horror movies, wrote scenes, and played with Halloween props.

From Video Camp to Film School

Hello, my name is David and I'm a digital media intern here at MOPA. I've been asked to write this blog as I am in a unique position here, in that I am (to my knowledge) the only team member who was also a participant in MOPA's video camps when I was younger.

The Power to Make Us Think

Last Thursday I attended the screening of Sam Branson’s documentary Breaking The Taboo, about the failure of the war on drugs in the world. The documentary takes the stand that decriminalization of drugs is important and that the USA should follow the steps of countries such as Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Holland in this matter.

Collector's Adventure: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Grilled Artichokes

6 artichokes
6 garlic cloves
½ cup lemon juice

1 cup olive oil
6 cloves of minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp lemon juice

Fayman Archive: Sorting Things Out


Even as a kid, I loved to sort things.  I know, it seems a strange thing to enjoy, but I lived for sorting.  I always found it to be deeply satisfying to see a perfectly organized group of things, whether they were toys, books, or the clothes in my closet.  Simply put, organization is one of the most essential elements of collections management for all museums.

Getting Burned

What do you get when you combine expired photographic paper, a large format camera, and the blazing sun?