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  • Course Dates & Fees

    Course Dates & Fees

    February 16 - April 12, 2022
    Tuition includes eight weeks of instructor guidance and an additional 90 days to review the course at your leisure.
    We offer this online course throughout the year with sessions starting approximately every four months. Contact us for more information.
  • Getting Started & How It Works

    Getting Started & How It Works

    SIA Online Community, our learning and networking space, opens two weeks before the course begins. This space provides an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the learning platform and introduce yourself to fellow students from around the world.
    Visit our How It Works page to learn more about the online learning experience.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    Week 1 – Histories of Curating

    • Historical perspective of curatorial practice

    • The origins of curating

    • Key practitioners in the curating field

    • Harald Szeemann

    Week 2 – Roles and Responsibilities of a Curator

    • Exhibition making

    • Collection building

    • The independent curator

    • Interview with Alanna Heiss, founder of MoMA PS1 Museum, New York

    Week 3 – Curating and Exhibition

    • Categories of exhibitions

    • In’s and out’s of exhibition-making

    • Curatorial proposals

    • The Venice Biennale

    Week 4 – Curating a Collection

    • Institutional and private collections

    • Acquisitions

    • Collection management

    • Interview with Storm van Rensburg, Chief Curator Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Capetown

    Week 5 - Audiences

    • Understanding your audience

    • Educational departments

    • Artists and Audiences

    • Exhibition: Fred Wilson, Mining the Museum

    Week 6 - Performance Art and New Media

    • Curating performance art

    • Curating new media art

    • The Tanks at Tate Modern, London

    • Practical curatorial considerations

    Week 7 - Curating Fashion and Luxury

    • Museum-quality dress

    • History of fashion curation

    • The social and cultural value of fashion

    • Interview with Karen Van Godtsenhoven, Curator at MoMu Fashion Museum, Antwerp and Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute, New York

    Week 8 - The Future of Curating

    • The digital revolution in exhibition-making

    • The new art historical canon

    • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Final Project: Curate an Exhibition

  • Faculty


    Kate McNamara is a curator and educator based in Providence, Rhode Island. She currently holds the position of Visiting Critic at Rhode Island School of Art and Design and is the Executive and Creative Director of My HomeCourt, a nonprofit arts organization working with contemporary artists to revitalize city parks. McNamara is also working as the Curator-at-Large for Providence College-Galleries during the 2021-2022 season. She graduated from BARD College with an MA in Curatorial studies and has worked at MoMA PS1 and Participant and is the co-founder of the critically acclaimed art space Cleopatra’s in New York City.
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    For successfully completing this course, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as TBD IACET Continuing Education Units. *
    Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.
    *As an IACET Accredited Provider, Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.
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    This course is listed under the Premier Course option in the online application. Premier Online Courses are open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Registration takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.
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