Behind the Mirrors: Membership for Yayoi Kusama’s Exhibition

How does someone find themselves working in membership for the most sought after multimedia art exhibit in Washington, you may ask?

The hottest exhibit to hit the Hirshhorn in years just wrapped up in D.C. Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit was dazzling. The mix of dots, lights, and an array of colors took the Smithsonian by storm. Misha, a Choice Associate, spent her spring working 9-5 at DC’s trendiest art exhibit. Misha was at a transitional point in her career, she was looking to leave the world of consulting, and she came across an ad posted on Idealist for a human resources position. She was brought in for an interview with The Choice. After a friendly conversation, Misha and the recruiting team decided that the position Misha had originally applied for may not be the best fit long term. The team was impressed by Misha, and kept her resume at the top of the stack.

Shortly after her interview, a position came in. Not one of the Choice’s conventional positions, however, one that the team was enthused about filling. The Hirshhorn was looking for a bright, passionate, hardworking employee to work temporarily in member services for the Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit. This was the first time that all six of Kusama’s room were in one place, and the membership demand was overwhelming.

With an open mind, Misha fell into this perfect temp assignment. Her experience with data, membership, and her passion for East Asian studies made her the ideal candidate for this position. A temporary position wasn’t exactly what Misha had set out to find, but it was an experience that she would not have traded for the world. Providing support to the Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit served as the exact change of pace Misha was seeking, as well as an opportunity to attend special events, and take in the exhibit before visitors arrived.

Her experience with the Choice was a positive one. She loved how small, friendly, and approachable the recruiters were. In working with other temp agencies, the opportunities were miserable, or far from a match with her skill set and interests. In speaking with Misha, she mentioned that the Choice felt like a “working family,” especially with Louie, the office dog, greeting her upon her arrival at the Choice office. She enjoyed the quick process and the responsiveness.

The exhibit has ended, and Misha plans to move on to a new full time permanent position found through a personal connection in her field. At the Choice, our hope is that we can be a wonderful resource for candidates in their job search, whether it’s just temporary or through a temporary to hire position. We find that with associates as flexible as Misha, the placement process is simple. And as a tribute to her outstanding work, Misha was asked to stay on with the Hirshhorn working evening and weekend hours.

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