With the onset of the pandemic, societies have accelerated, veered, locked down, and oscillated with increasing force to the point of violent compression and release, opening out into a long-coming rise of political reckoning. Centuries of legislated oppression have given way to intensified social justice movements such as Black Lives Matter, who are calling for orchestrated outcries of willed resistance and to rethink what it means to live on this planet, with every species of Other, human and nonhuman alike, together.
The role of the curator — one small facet of human activity — is touched no less by the urgency of our times. How far we’ve come from the old idea of the “keeper,” the English term used to describe that person who cataloged artifacts and kept collections of them from decay in the holds of museums. Today, curators are tasked with what can be called activated display, to bring into visibility an activated ethical consciousness embodied in the constellation of objects and knowledges, of private influence and public intersection, of system and intuition that curators construct.
The curator as activist, auteur, collector, convenor, critic, entrepreneur, facilitator, historian, interpreter, mediator, negotiator, philosopher, publisher, steward, technician, and theorist are all within the wheelhouse of the job to be done in museums, galleries, and public spaces, both physical and virtual.
These times and this work are what our master’s degree program in Curatorial Practice at the School of Visual Arts considers in depth, with a renowned faculty of curators and experts in the heart of New York City, with galleries, museums, and artists studios all around us, and with international guests. Every aspect of the curatorial profession is taught, with a focus on practical experience, as well as history and theory.
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The art world has paid attention to other artists from the same era, but we have not done the same with Sonia Gechtoff, and it is time that we did.
Wifredo Lam developed a style that dances between figuration and abstraction, but the selected compositions at Pace gallery tend to repeat.
These multimedia works debuting on Voice include a “Death Mechanism” and allow fans to collect the artist’s origin story, told specifically for the metaverse.
These four artists dig into the cultural and geologic history of the enclave of Staten Island to produce work that resonates with the core of bell hooks’s commendation to love.
As acceptance of digital art grows, there is also a need to validate quality and recognize artists who explore radical ideas and achieve creative breakthroughs.
On December 13, learn about the Sam Fox School’s graduate programs in Visual Art and Illustration & Visual Culture, as well as the university’s competitive financial aid packages.
Anthology Film Archives’ complete retrospective of the influential Canadian experimental filmmaker includes many exceptionally rare titles.
Breuer’s Bohemia is centered around the life and work of Marcel Breuer, but touches upon an entire cohort of Modernist influencers.
Located in a historic industrial manufacturing facility in Utica, New York, this sculpture-centric program is accepting applications through January 15, 2022.
A conversation with Richard Kraft about his artist book in which he created penalty flags for nearly 10,000 of Trump’s misdeeds
The guidelines are specifically meant to combat a form of online harassment known as doxing.
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this month.