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.