Continued over the two years, professional development provides a framework for developing a deeper and more personal understanding of the processes of curating. Students will develop diverse strategies to extend their knowledge and expertise, including regular attendance of exhibitions, visits to related social and cultural institutions, independent research into artist's processes and practice, short-term work placements, the development of international networks and dialogues, discussions with arts professionals and research into cultural resources. Information gathered over the course will be shared between students through the Curatorial Practice archive. This course offers an introduction to writing skills. The areas of study will cover four diverse styles frequently required in curating: the exhibition catalogue essay; interpretative material for the gallery; the press release and marketing text; grants and proposals.
Curating Architecture and Education. Let us admit that both curating architecture and curating education are considered minor practices in major art institutions. They seem to play a supporting or peripheral role within mainstream museums of modern art. Perhaps, in each case, the reason is partly this: architecture and education are small within the museum because they are so huge outside it. Whereas painting (for example) barely survives outside art institutions, both architecture and education are vast and well-established fields of practice, deeply rooted in our core conceptions of the public good. They have this in common too: throughout modernity, architecture and education (in a major key) have been the two cultural practices most invested with social hope - and, consequently, (from Pruitt-Igoe to "A Nation at Risk") the two practices most subject to perceptions of social failure. This course considers tensions within the cultural expectations placed on architecture and education. From a curatorial perspective, special focus will be given to the movements between civic hope and failure that pervade both fields, and to the ways in which that dynamic is subdued and expressed within the museum.