Scene from the Gallery Girls.
I was never into reality shows, yet I decided to give it a go and watched an episode of Bravo’s new series Gallery Girls, under the guise of being myself a gallery intern lately in downtown Athens, therefore I could use the empirical correlation. As a matter of fact, I wasn't able to trace a discernible link to any of these seven girls! I don’t want to seem over-judgemental, but the show somewhat distorts the reality.
As a format, docu-series do endorse a concept of deception and pretentiousness, for the viewers need have a strong motivation in order to sit in front of the couch and keep watching the upcoming episodes, but I seriously doubt the everyday life of a middle-class intern in her early twenties is like that. On the other hand, it makes sense that an ordinary girl, without the spicy details of her personal life and the necessary conflicts with her fellow interns, doesn’t amount to a competitive TV program. Young female viewers should keep in mind that it’s all hype and don't let the spectacle decide their careers. If practice at a gallery space is what they are looking for, they shouldn't be discouraged from trying nor get their hopes up. This is only the producers’ perspective of the breed of ‘gallerinas’, who look more like the cast of Sex and the City.
From my experience, being an intern at a respected gallery is by far a positive experience. It involves a range of administrative and physical tasks, all essential in the everyday running of a gallery (don’t forget that it’s a business after all). Getting to meet established and breakthrough artists, socialize with interesting people in general, and listen to informative conversations come also as perks of the job. In reality, it’s more about the art itself and how to communicate it.
Girl Museum Inc.