This course introduces students to the history and profession of curatorship, and explores the roles of curators across varying collecting environments, with a focus on art collections. Students will become familiar with the main factors for consideration when preparing exhibitions and displays. They will also be introduced to the organisation of museums and the various professions within the museum environment. Topics will include the development of art galleries and museums, especially in the 20th century; the development, management and display of art collections; and approaches to documentation and publication. The course will study issues related to the responsibilities of the curator to the community (accessibility, education, exhibition and public relations) as well as responsibility to the objects (conservation, storage, accessioning and loan policies). There is a focus on Australian institutions and collections at national and regional levels.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- describe the roles of an art curator in the modern world both orally and in written form;
- evaluate current discourses related to museums and galleries;
- evaluate art exhibitions and permanent collections and communicate their views in written and oral form; and
- describe and discuss the processes involved in staging an art exhibition.
- Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Tutorial Presentation, 10 mins and Tutorial paper, 1500 words (10% each) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Exhibition Review, 600 words (10) [LO 4]
- Exhibition Proposal, 500 words, and short class presentation, 10 minutes (10% each) (20) [LO 3,4]
- Exhibition Package, 2500 words (40) [LO 4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
There are no specific texts for this course. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the following journals, available as full-text electronic journals through the ANU Library Curator. The Museum Journal, Museum Management and Curatorship.
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- Unit value:
- 6 units
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