Vera List Center Seminar on Curating: Take Care

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

VLC Seminar on Curating

Fall 2019

Taught By: Carin Kuoni

Section: A

CRN: 7124

Credits: 3

This seminar-style class offers a comprehensive introduction to the history, theory and the challenges of curating in a contemporary Western context, with classes interweaving with the Vera List Center’s programs on politically engaged art. Key chapters in the seminar examine the establishment of public museums in Europe and the U.S.; 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 politically engaged, discoursive or otherwise distributed creative practices. As we dive deep into the history of the curatorial field, we will evaluate key positions in recent curatorial theory and practice such as those by Owkui Enwezor, Adrienne Edwards, Candice Hopkins, Koyo Kouoh, Maria Lind, and Helen Molesworth in light of current challenges around cultural representation, First Amendment and censorship, as well as philanthropy . Our research will be informed by and intersect with Vera List Center program as well as the October 2019 New School exhibition "Chimurenga: Revolutionary Struggle " with Pan African art collective Chimurenga, recipients of the 2018-2020 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice as well the Vera List Center's programs on philanthropy. 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

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*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: 3:22pm 12/15/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 9:55am - 11:45am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 518

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