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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.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    June 5 - June 29, 2017.
    Monday - Thursday: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM.
  • Faculty


    Media Farzin is a New York-based art historian, curator and critic whose writings have appeared in Art in America, Art Agenda, Artforum, Afterimage, Bidoun, and Canvas, among others. She served as curatorial assistant for the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection from 2006 to 2010 and examples of her curatorial work include “Turning Points” (Neiman Gallery, 2004), and “Fluxus Scores and Instructions” (Museum of Contemporary Art Roskilde, 2008). An ongoing collaborative project with artist Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck, on cultural diplomacy and its modernist artefacts, has been exhibited at numerous venues in the US and Europe. She has taught at the Museum of Modern Art and the City College of New York. Farzin holds an MA in Modern Art/Curatorial Studies from Columbia University and a BFA in Painting from Tehran University.
  • 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

    • Virtual Curating

    • Curating Art Fairs

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  • Course Fees & Enrollment

    Course Fees & Enrollment

    4-week courses: $3,750 for one course or $7,000 for two 4-week courses. One 4-week with one 2-week: $5,700.

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  • Contact And Request Information

    Contact And Request Information

    For further information, please contact:

    Suzanne Julig, Director, Summer Study NY
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