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Institute for Curatorial Practice Summer Program

The Institute for Curatorial Practice is a 5-week intensive summer program running from June 8 to July 10, 2015 at Hampshire College, focused on the practice of curation: material, digital, and imaginary. At the Institute for Curatorial Practice students investigate and implement contemporary modes of curation, combining new media technologies and experimental methods with the direct study of collections in distinguished museums and archives. Our emphasis is on the acquisition of critical, theoretical, historical, and digital skills, while developing imaginative and conceptual strategies for the exhibition of objects, images, sounds, structures, films, sites, texts, and artifacts. Our program begins with an introduction to the history of museums, collections, and curating alongside an examination of diverse objects, display techniques, and museum careers through site visits to world-renowned museums in the Five College consortium (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst). We then examine new directions in curatorial studies, focusing on current explorations in contemporary practice, issues of exhibiting across cultures, and new media platforms. ??Following these introductory weeks, students work in teams to develop exhibitions online and for Hampshire’s digital projection gallery. Using one object from the Five College Museum collections as a catalyst, students develop an exhibition inspired by that object, developing a thematic concept, selecting additional works and texts, articulating a curatorial argument, and acquiring permissions. Student teams will focus on curatorial writing, research, marketing, design, and installation.
Qualifications:
The Institute for Curatorial Practice is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-B.A. students from any concentration, major, or area of interest. Our program is fiercely interdisciplinary and will be of interest to students of art and architectural history, cultural studies, public history, philosophy, and literature, as well as the history of science and technology. Some understanding of advanced research methods and analytical writing skills is a plus.
How To Apply:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Only completed applications are reviewed. Applicants must submit a 1-2 page proposal detailing how the summer program fits into your academic and future plans; an unofficial transcript from your home institution; and the names and email addresses of two references. More information on the program and application at icp.hampshire.edu. Apply at https://thehub.hampshire.edu/summer/index.cgi?&SP_m=SPRDET&SP_s=115.
Apply by:
May 01, 2015
About this Organization:
The Institute for Curatorial Practice is a 5-week intensive summer program at Hampshire College focused on the practice of curation: material, digital, and imaginary. At the Institute for Curatorial Practice students investigate and implement contemporary modes of curation, combining new media technologies and experimental methods with the direct study of collections in distinguished museums and archives. Our emphasis is on the acquisition of critical, theoretical, historical, and digital skills, while developing imaginative and conceptual strategies for the exhibition of objects, images, sounds, structures, films, sites, texts, and artifacts.

 

Announcing the exhibit “F O C U S Experiments in Photographic Interpretation”

It’s that time of year again! The Exhibition Planning class is debuting a new exhibit.

There are as many ways to react to a photograph as there are people viewing it. Focus: Experiments in Photographic Interpretation, hosted by the Tufts University Art Gallery, explores the power of photography and curation to prompt personal responses in viewers. Curated by graduate students in the Tufts University Museum Studies program, the exhibition will be open to the public from Tuesday, May 5 through Sunday, May 17, 2015. A public opening reception will take place on May 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M.

On display are twelve distinct experiments in curatorial interpretation. Each student selected a photograph from the collection of Historic New England to use as inspiration. The photographs depict scenes of New England life from the turn of the 19th century. Subjects range from nature to technological innovation to family relationships. The exhibition featuring Construction of the Beacon Hill Tunnel, by Paul Rowell, chronicles the history of Boston’s public transportation system and its role in the daily life of the city. Kit with Her Mother, by Alfred Wayland Cutting, celebrates the universal experience of aging, while Baldwin Coolidge’s The Wreck of the Warren Sawyer explores the encounter between a person and the sublime.

Various interpretive lenses—personal, historical, intellectual, aesthetic, empathetic—invite viewers to consider the power of photographic imagery and how curatorial decisions impact the visitor experience.

The Tufts Museum Studies Program, a collaborative effort of the education, art history, and history departments, trains students in the preservation, administration, and education skills required to work in museum and historic settings. The Exhibition Planning class, which produces an exhibition at the Gallery each year, teaches students how to take an exhibition from concept through opening.

About Historic New England

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most

comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. Historic

New England shares the region’s history through vast collections,

publications, programs, historic properties, archives, and family

stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England.

Visit HistoricNewEngland.org.

About the Tufts University Art Gallery

The Gallery’s mission is to animate the intellectual life of the greater

university community through exhibitions and programs that explore new,

global perspectives on art and art discourse. The Gallery is open to the public

and fully accessible. Admission is free, with a $3 suggested donation. Hours

are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Thursdays 11 A.M. to 8

P.M. Free event parking is available in the lot behind the Aidekman Arts

Center, off Lower Campus Road. During regular visitor hours, there are free

parking spots in the Gallery parking lot.

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Event announcement! Museum Conversations: Working across Disciplines at MoMA and the Exploratorium

Date:  Monday, April 27, 2015, 6:00pm

Location:  Harvard University, Northwest Building, Room B-103, 52 Oxford Street,

Cambridge, MA

Public lecture with Leah Dickerman, Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and

Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, and Tom Rockwell, Director,

Exhibits and Media Studio, Exploratorium, San Francisco

In this year’s seminar on innovative curatorial practice, two cutting-edge museum

professionals will reflect on the role museum exhibitions play in exploring social,

political, and historic experiences through art and science. Leah Dickerman will discuss

MoMA’s new exhibition One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other

Visions of the Great Movement North (April 3-September 7, 2015). Tom Rockwell will

talk about his institution’s exhibition The Science of Sharing: Investigating Competition,

Cooperation, and Social Interaction. The presentations will be followed by a

conversation, moderated by Laurel Ulrich, 300th Anniversary Professor, Harvard

University, about trends in museums.

Free event parking available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture and the Harvard Art

Museums as part of the Harvard Museums’ Seminar on Innovative Curatorial Practice

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