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The Art and Business of Curating Today

In our globalized world, a rigorous understanding of the vicissitudes of curating is crucial to anyone working in the arts. From small to large collections, from eclectic to mainstream, this course will review all aspects of preparation: theme creation, inventory, loan requests, venue selection, photography, advertising, artist’s or lender’s involvement, insurance issues and repercussions of damage to artwork, travel-related expenses, the catalog, and gallery talks. We will address the benefit of sharing inventories and incorporating new advances in technology, music, sound, or enhanced visual materials to add fresh energy to presentations and exhibitions. We also will look at the numerous and diverse challenges of curating and coordinating traveling exhibitions as well as single venues. We will visit several galleries in Chelsea, including Mary Boone, and we will visit museums, including the new Whitney Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design, where we will discuss the merits of their current selections.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge of the management responsibilities of the art curator in an increasingly interdisciplinary and international field
  • An understanding of curatorial collaboration with institutions and artists

Ideal for

  • Prospective and practicing arts professionals
  • Those interested in a career as an art curator
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