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About the course
Curating plays an integral role in presenting art in contemporary culture, yet few outside its ranks know exactly what goes into the curation of a top-tier exhibit. Introduction to Curating provides an immersive encounter with curatorial practice in today’s art world, with an emphasis on curating contemporary art.
Through thoughtful analysis of what successful curating looks like, you will develop the skills needed to navigate the field, from understanding the role of the curator to planning an exhibition, including acquisitions. Introduction to Curating discusses the history of curating as well as the day-to-day responsibilities of a curator and examines how a curator builds a museum-quality collection. This course also explores the way the field is changing and addresses the increasingly complex nature of exhibiting art.
What you will learn:
- What the nature of curatorial practice is today, including different types of curators and the variety of spaces in which they work.
- The critical components of putting together an exhibition, including how to write exhibition and tour proposals.
- How collections are built within and outside of museum spaces and how curators make acquisitions.
- How to accurately write a wall text and extended object labels.
Week 1: What is a Curator?
- Overview of Curatorial Roles
- A Brief History of the Field
- Who Are Today’s Curators?
Week 2: A Month in the Life of a Curator
- Overview of Exhibition Design and Building
- Beyond Exhibitions
- Introductory Wall Text
Week 3: How Does a Curator Put Together an Exhibition?
- The Idea, the Pitch, and the Checklist
- Types of Exhibitions and Planning
Week 4: How Does a Curator Build a Collection?
- Types of Collections and Collection Strategies
- How Work is Acquired
Week 5: What Skills are Required to Be Successful? Fundraising and Grant Writing
- Managing Budgets
- Building Networks and Relationship
- PR and Social Media
Week 6: What is the Future of Curating?
- Current Challenges in a Changing Field
- How to Write and Extended Object Label
Ph.D. and MA, History of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Alexandra Schwartz is a New York-based independent curator and scholar of modern and contemporary art. Her recent and upcoming exhibitions include As in Nature: Helen Frankenthaler Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art In...
PhD, The London Consortium, University of London MA, Courtauld Institute of Art BA, Fordham University Battista is scholar, lecturer, and a curator of exhibitions in museums and galleries, most recently, The Art of Fashion at Fountain House Gallery New York, Escape Attempts at Shulamit Nazaria...