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Podcast of the Week: Working at MoMA

By Victoria Plettner-Saunders

Our new series – Podcast of the Week (POTW) – gives me a chance to share with you the great podcasts out there for learning HR, getting advice on workplace issues, or hearing stories of people who are pursuing their passion like you. First off, MoMA makes an appearance in an unlikely way on Slate Magazine’s Working podcast series.

What’s the premise?

Every week a Slate reporter interviews a different person about their work. One week it could be a tattoo artist, another week it could be an immigration lawyer. Many of their interviewees however are in creative careers like yarn dying, stand up comedy or music education.

Which one do I recommend first?

ThSlate Working MoMAe one I’ve been into this week is called Working at MoMA. You read that right. In each episode in the series Jordan, the host, talks to different people about their job at MoMA. He spent 50 minutes talking to Chet Gold about being a Security Supervisor. At first I wondered what could carry a conversation about being a security supervisor in a museum (yawn) for 50 minutes, but you’d be surprised. Chet is also an artist (mixed media and also a rapper) when he’s not working the gallery floors. He loves his job and it shows.

There are also interviews with Tania Abitbol, the Assistant Special Events Director, and a group chat with folks from the Museum’s Exhibition Design and Production Department.

What do I love about this podcast?

How could I not love a whole series that celebrates museum workers? I love that they talk about the careers in the arts and bring them to life.

What will you love about it?

If you’re thinking about being a museum curator check out Sarah Meister’s story as she talks about her work as a curator in the Photography Department. If you are a museum events planner, see how your work parallels Tania’s. Plus it’s always fun to hear how others perceive our work world and how we talk about ourselves.

When I’m at MoMA next, I’m going to find Chet and say “Hi”



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