Learn the skills you need to curate a world-class exhibition in a hands-on environment that provides an immersive encounter with today’s art world.
Students enrolled in this course will delve deeply into the many exciting parts of curation and exhibition-making and study the fundamentals of what it means to not only care for collections, but also to conceptualize, plan, and install a top-tier and thought-provoking exhibition in the 21st century. In addition, students will develop an understanding of the different fascinating career paths in the curatorial field by looking back at its history, examining famous case studies, and hearing from exceptional guest speakers.
Through site visits to New York’s most famous museums and galleries, students will see firsthand what successful curating looks like, applying their observations to build fundamental curatorial skills. With a focus on contemporary art, students will explore the ways in which the field is changing and examine increasingly diverse approaches to exhibition-making such as curating in the digital realm. The course will culminate in a final project giving students the opportunity to work in direct dialogue with real artists, and curate an exhibition with the work of their peers in the Painting and Drawing Studio class.
Visits will include a combination of trips to major New York City art museums and galleries, with a focus on exemplary contemporary art exhibitions.
This is a new course. Possible site visits may include:
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The Museum of Modern Art
- The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
- Manhattan’s Chelsea gallery district
- Top galleries, such as David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and Deitch Gallery
- Artists’ studios
Students will hear firsthand from curators, gallerists, and contemporary artists about the topics that shape our understanding of curatorial practice in a variety of settings.
This is a new course. Possible guest speakers may include:
- Museum curators
- Independent curators
- Exhibition designers
- Art critics
Materials Fee: $245
Health Fee: $100
Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.