This hands-on course provides an immersive encounter with curatorial practice in today’s art world, with an emphasis on curating contemporary art. Students 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, trips to major New York institutions, and guest lectures by prominent art experts. The course will discuss the history of curating and study the work of innovators, 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.
By the end of this course students will…
- Expand their own ideas into a hypothetical exhibition plan.
- Identify several key New York art institutions and analyze the differences in their curatorial approaches.
- Discuss the role of the curator both historically and in relation to recent art and exhibit trends, evaluating the key qualities of a contemporary curator.