This course provides an immersive encounter with curatorial practice as it exists in today’s art world with an emphasis on curating Contemporary art. In addition to learning exactly what goes into the curation of a top-tier exhibit, students will develop an understanding of how curating works by looking back at its history, examining case studies, and hearing from exceptional guest speakers in the field. Through thoughtful analysis of what successful curating looks like, students will develop the skills needed to navigate the profession, from understanding the roles of the curator to planning an exhibition. Introduction to Curating also discusses the day-to-day responsibilities of a curator and examines how a curator builds a museum-quality collection. Fundamental curatorial skills, including writing effective proposals and developing comprehensive exhibition plans, will be presented. Finally, students will explore the ways in which the field is changing and examine increasingly diverse approaches to exhibition-making such as curating in the digital realm.
This Premier Online Course features weekly recorded lectures and faculty-guided discussion boards to maximize flexibility and deliver an engaging and interactive digital experience.
Students will learn:
- To gain familiarity with the nature of curatorial practice today, including different types of curators and the variety of spaces in which they work, and evaluate the essential qualities of a strong curator through understanding the historical and contemporary role of the curator in relation to recent exhibition trends.
- To develop an understanding of how collections are built within and outside of museum spaces and how curators make acquisitions.
- To build a working knowledge of new platforms for digital exhibition-making.
- To create the critical components of an exhibition, including a written curatorial proposal, wall labels, budgets, and design.