Approaches to Curatorial Practice - HOA00009C

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  • Department: History of Art
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

This module introduces the history and current practice of art curation. Through a range of case studies and texts, it exposes you to relevant methodologies and conceptual problems, and equips you to critically assess the collection and display of visual objects.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module introduces the history and current practice of art curation. Through a range of case studies and texts, it exposes you to relevant methodologies and conceptual problems, and equips you to critically assess the collection and display of visual objects.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should have:

  • Familiarity with a range of case studies and secondary texts concerning art curation
  • Understanding of how art objects of varying kinds have been assembled and displayed in the past, in comparison with current practices in different types of galleries and institutions
  • The ability to analyze and evaluate different methodological approaches to the collection and display of art objects

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 90
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Seminar Presentation
N/A 10

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 90

Module feedback

Feedback on formative assessment within one week.

Feedback on summative assessment within 20 working days.

Indicative reading

Eilean Hooper-Greenhill, Museums and the Shaping of Knowledge (1992)

John Elsner and Roger Cardinal, eds, The Cultures of Collecting (1994)

Peter Vargo, ed., The New Museology (2011)

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ways of Curating (2014)

Paul O’Neill, The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s) (2012)

Paula Marincola, ed., What Makes a Great Exhibition? (2006)



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