The Fisher Fellows program is a new initiative providing college students the opportunity to participate in and support scholarly research related to MOCA's Norman Fisher Collection, in preparation for an exhibition featuring the collection taking place in conjunction with the museum's 100-year anniversary in 2024. From a wide range of applicants, three were selected: Gabe Melson, an art history major; Daisha Poulnot, an anthropology major, and Kachi Egemonu, who double majors in English and history.
The participating students are assisting with conducting in-depth, art historical investigation connected with the items in the collection, which include wide ranging objects: from pop art by Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and Robert Indiana; photography-as-art by William Wegman, Leandro Katz, and Richard Landry, to the art photography of Christopher Makos and Robert Mapplethorpe; from the manuscript of the Einstein on the Beach opera to a record cover signed by Patti Smith to a print by David Bowie.
This training is aimed at on one hand, providing pre-graduate students with tools, skills, and experiences that will shape their future dissertation research and prepare them for further work as faculty, as well as for positions in museums, libraries, or other research settings involving collections; and on the other, provide graduate students with research and publication opportunity.
This is an ongoing program so students interested in interdisciplinary arts research, with particular focus on the development of the cultural scene of the 70s in New York, keep an eye out for Spring application details!