Curating as Artistic Practice

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Curating as Artistic Practice

Spring 2020

Taught By: Margot Bouman

Section: A

CRN: 7247

Credits: 3

Long before curating was recognized as a profession, artists tried to control the conditions of their work’s reception. In the twentieth century, artists not only made discrete objects in their studios, they expanded their scope to include the very apparatus of presentation and dissemination of the work they had produced—and often that of other artists as well. Issues that have emerged in curatorial discourse over the last twenty years include the ritualizing of the experience of art through exhibitions, the rise of ‘biennale culture’, the artist as 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). In this seminar, we will consider what insights 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.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

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: 1:30pm 2/16/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 704

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/5/2020