Take Care: An Introduction to Curatorial Studies & Practice

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Intro Curatorial Studies&Prac

Fall 2019

Taught By: Carin Kuoni

Section: A

CRN: 7124

Credits: 3

This seminar-style class offers a comprehensive introduction to the history and theory of curating in a Western context. We begin with the establishment of public museums in Europe and the Americas; the cultural and economic enterprise of 19th century World Fairs and their successors, the art biennials of our time; the institutionalization of the curatorial profession including the development of a codes of ethics and conduct; and the recent proliferation of curatorial models that are focusing on socially engaged, discoursive or otherwise distributed creative practices. As we dive deep into the history of the curatorial field, we will study in-depth key positions in recent curatorial theory including those by Claire Bishop, Grant Kester, Maria Lind, and Joanna Warszaw. Our research will be applied to and tested against two concurrent events: the November 2017 Parsons exhibition "Seeds of Change" of Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves, recipient of the 2016-2018 Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics who engages in the interlocking histories of colonial maritime trade of goods as well as people and the Vera List Center's program initiative Indigenous New York. Students will emerge from this class with solid historical knowledge of the curatorial profession, including current trends in this exploding field. They will also have tried their hands at formulating their own curatorial projects that will intersect with the events described above. Such practical immersion will require very active participation in class, but also at events that will occur outside of classroom time. The class will provide students with theoretical, historical and practical skills crucial for leaders in the creative industries, where demands are high to frame and “take care” (Lat. curare) of the public articulation of social, cultural and political issues.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:56am 4/23/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 9:55am - 11:45am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/30/2019 - 12/13/2019