Artists Who Curate

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Artists Who Curate

Fall 2018

Taught By: Margot Bouman

Section: A

CRN: 7342

Credits: 3

Issues that have emerged in curatorial discourse over the last ten years include the ritualizing of the experience of art through exhibitions, the rise of ‘biennale culture’, the expansion of the artist as a meta-curator, and the large-scale curated exhibition as the new autonomous artwork. James Putnam describes “creative curating”, wherein the roles of the artists and curator become blurred as the artist-curator dissolves the boundaries distinguishing exhibition design from installation, as part of a broader project to reinterpret the museum and offer institutional critique (2009). The transformative challenges posed by these efforts are outlined in texts by for example Douglas Crimp (1993), Claire Bishop (2012, 2013) as well as Terry Smith (2012) and David Joselit (2013). In this course, we will ask, what insights do artists bring to curating that are different from an art historian or a professional curator? We will approach these issues, histories and questions from our respective positions as artists, theorists, historians, and exhibition designers. . Artists considered will include Joseph Kosuth, Daniel Buren, Hans Haacke, Julie Ault, Fred Wilson, Walid Ra’ad, John Baldessari, Michael Asher, Jeroen de Rijke/Willem de Rooij, and Jeff Wall. Students will have the option of writing a paper about artist-curators, or developing a curatorial project-as-an-artist.

Open to: All university graduate degree students; undergraduate seniors by permission of the School of Art & Design History & Theory.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

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