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This hands-on course will provide an immersive encounter with curatorial practices in today’s art world, with an emphasis on curating contemporary art. Participants will learn the skills needed to navigate this exciting field, from developing relationships with artists to writing exhibition proposals to installation planning and design. Classes will include seminar-style discussions, site visits of major New York institutions, and guest lectures by prominent art experts. The course will survey the history of curating as well as the impact of recent phenomena such as the emergence of the independent curator and the artist-curator, the proliferation of biennials and art fairs, and the growing significance of participatory and interactive art.

What you will learn…
• To evaluate the essential qualities of a strong curator, as well as to understand the historical and contemporary role of the curator in relation to recent exhibit trends.
• To distinguish the curatorial approaches of several key New York art institutions, and to compare the similarities and differences between them.
• To develop your ideas into a hypothetical exhibition plan.

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    June 3-27, 2019

    4-week course

    Enrollment for this course is now closed. Please write to if interested in our 2020 summer program.


  • Faculty


    Media FarzinAdjunct Faculty, Online and Summer Institute, New York
    Stamatina Gregory, Adjunct Faculty, Summer Institute, New York

    Click here to view all of our faculty members. Our instructors are award-winning Sotheby's Institute faculty, recognized thought leaders, and professional experts in the art world.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • The Producers: A Short History of Curating in the Twentieth Century

    • Who Are Today’s Leading Curators?

    • Nuts and Bolts: Exhibition Planning and Design

    • Writing a Curatorial Proposal, from Idea to Plan

    • Critical Thinking and Critical Writing

    • The Studio Visit and Working with Artists

    • The Artist as Curator

    • Curatorial Trends for the 21st Century

    • Curating Art Fairs

    These topics are subject to change.
  • Further Program Details

    Further Program Details

    Summer - New York is part of Sotheby's Institute's continuing education programming and offers short, non-credit courses. We encourage you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to some of the questions you may have about summer courses in New York, including international concerns and basic course advisement.

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  • Course Fees & Enrollment

    Course Fees & Enrollment


    Add a second Summer New York course at a reduced rate:

    • Additional 4-week course +$3250 ($7000 Total)

    • Additional 2-week course +$1950 ($5700 Total)

    • Additional 1-week course +$1350 ($5100 Total)

    Tuition includes classroom and program lectures, site visits, and additional programming.
    Tuition does not include accommodation or travel.

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  • Further Information

    Further Information

    For further information or course advisement, please contact:
    Hayley Black, Admissions Advisor
    Tel: 212-897-6644 Or Request Information

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