Curating plays an integral role in presenting art in contemporary culture, yet few outside its ranks know exactly what goes into the curation of a top-tier exhibit. Introduction to Curating provides an immersive encounter with curatorial practice in today’s art world, with an emphasis on curating contemporary art.
Through thoughtful analysis of what successful curating looks like, students will develop the skills needed to navigate the field, from understanding the role of the curator to planning an exhibition, including acquisitions. Introduction to Curating discusses the history of curating as well as the day-to-day responsibilities of a curator and examines how a curator builds a museum-quality collection. This course also explores the way the field is changing and addresses the increasingly complex nature of exhibiting art.
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 identify and describe the nature of contemporary curatorial practice, including the different types of curators and the variety of spaces in which they work.
- To recognize the critical components of an exhibition and learn to construct its related materials.
- To recognize and evaluate how curators make acquisitions and how collections are built within and outside of museum spaces.
- To write an accurate wall text and extended object label for works of art.