Netherlands, Groningen

The Knowledge of the Curator: New Directions in Art History & Curatorial Practice

when 17 July 2016 - 23 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 500

Museums, exhibitions, and cultural heritage sites are thriving as never before, offering new experiences of and knowledge about art, culture, and history to a growing public. Within this booming cultural infrastructure, the curator has emerged as a principalfigure with a multifaceted role. Curators are expected to possess specialised expertise in their respective fields, make new acquisitions, develop cutting edge exhibitions, collaborate with artists, implement research initiatives, produce scholarship for both the academy and the general public, contribute to the discourse about global cultural heritage crises, employ innovative educational tools and strategies, support the digitization of collections, fundraise, and attract large crowds of visitors.

Intended for art historians aiming at a career in museums and cultural institutions, this summer school is devoted to the academic understanding, expertise, and skills required to meet these challenges. It asks: What knowledge does the curator need, and how can it be developed, critically reflected upon and expanded?

The Department of Art History at the University of Groningen in collaboration with the Groninger Museum, known for its innovative and experimental exhibition practices, Göttingen University’s Curatorial Studies program, and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, offers a unique and innovative summer school program that puts students in direct contact with internationally renowned scholars, museum directors, and curators, including special guest Prof. Ivan Gaskell (Bard Graduate Center, New York City).

In a curriculum that unites critical reading, thinking, and discussion with hands-on experience, the participants
• are familiarized with recent theories and methods of an object centered art history
• develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills for a curatorial career
• bridge conventional boundaries between chronological periods, traditional genres, craft, and design as well as material and visual culture



In addition to lectures, presentations, and discussion, participants will create an exhibition with objects from the collection of the Groninger Museum and travel to Amsterdam to meet/work with curators on site.

Course leader

Nadia Baadj, Joost Keizer, Ann-Sophie Lehmann

Target group

MA, PhD, Postdoc, Junior Curator and Museum Professionals

Participants should have a minimum of a BA in Art History or a neighbouring field
(e.g. Cultural History, Cultural Studies, History, Media Studies, Museum Studies, Religious Studies, with a demonstrable focus on the visual arts)

Course aim

In a curriculum that unites critical reading, thinking, and discussion with hands-on experience, the participants
• are familiarized with recent theories and methods of an object centered art history
• develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills for a curatorial career
• bridge conventional boundaries between chronological periods, traditional genres, craft, and design as well as material and visual culture

Credits info

3 ECTS
A certificate of attendance will be awarded

Fee info

EUR 500: The fee (€ 500) includes housing
EUR 250: The fee (€ 250) excludes housing

Scholarships

If you are a RUG student or an RMA/PhD student associated with the Dutch Postgraduate School of Art History (OSK), please inquire about scholarships.

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