Curator, Artist, Impresario: Modes of Exhibition Making (VA2244.01)

Anne Thompson

This introductory class traces the historical evolution of contemporary curatorial practice. We start with the early tradition of curators as experts and custodians of collections. Building on that foundation, we examine the twentieth-century emergence of the curator as a visionary impresario and producer of global exhibitions. Throughout, we consider how artists since the beginning have subverted institutional structures to claim space, hybridize curatorial methods and shape art history. Lectures, readings, discussions, research assignments and other activities culminate to address current perspectives on the “paracuratorial” approach of the exhibition as medium.


Learning Outcomes:
_establish a foundational understanding of the history of curatorial practice
_engage new ideas and think critically via readings, written responses and research presentations
_learn how historical models undergird contemporary exhibition making
_understand how artists, as risk takers and rule breakers, have upended and transformed established structures


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , Visual Arts (VA) , Fully In-Person
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