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DD8012

DD8012 Contemporary Curating

 

[Lectures: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DD1003 or DD1004; Academic Unit: 3.0] 

 

Academic Unit                         :           3 AU

 

Pre-requisite                            :          DD1003 Introduction to the Histories of Art I or     
          DD1004 Introduction to the Histories of Art II

 

Course Description                 :

Curatorial studies is one of the most exciting and dynamic fields in the art world today. This course is an introduction to contemporary curating. We will look at the history of exhibitions, compare museum and independent curatorial approaches, and examine contexts/conditions specific to the curating of contemporary art in Asia.

This is an upper level seminar course that will be complemented by fieldtrips to local museums and galleries, practical workshops and guest lectures. Written assignments will include independent research papers, exhibition proposals and catalogue essays that are developed in conjunction with ongoing programs at the CCA and ADM galleries.


Learning Objectives:

Students will identify and discuss issues that impact contemporary curating. They will learn about how international curating and exhibition practices have changed over the decades, as impacted by trends such as globalization and participatory art practices. They will begin to develop a professional approach towards curatorial research and exhibition planning.


Content 

This course is an introduction to contemporary curating:

1.   History of exhibitions

2.   Museum practices

3.   Exhibition planning

4.   Contemporary art criticism

 

Course Outline

 

Wk

Topic

Lecture Hours

1

Introduction to Curating Today

3

2

Exhibitions, Curators, Audiences

3

3

History of Exhibitions

3

4

Spaces and Places: Gallery Workshop

3

5

Institutional versus Independent Curating

3

6

Artist-Curators: Case Studies

3

7

Museum Fieldtrip

3

8

Issues in Contemporary Art

3

9

Art Criticism and Media

3

10

Exhibition Concepts and Proposals

3

11

Conservation, Ethics and Dilemmas

3

12

Cultural Contexts: Asia/Singapore

3

13

Final presentations

3


Learning Outcome

Students will be familiar with history of major international exhibitions and different approaches to curating.

 

Student Assessment

  1. Continuous Assessment (100%)
  2. Participation (15%)
  3. Written assignments (35%) Students will be writing reviews of museums and gallery exhibition reviews after fieldtrips.
  4. Class presentations (20%) Students will be expected to prepare verbal responses to topical issues in the fields of museum and curating after going through written materials.
  5. Final Research Project and Paper (30%) Students will complete a choice of final assignment comprising an exhibition proposal and/or a research paper.



 

Textbooks/References

1.       Altshuler, Bruce. Salon to Biennial. London; New York: Phaidon, 2008- 2013.

2.     Altshuler, Bruce. Biennials and Beyond. London; New York: Phaidon, 2008- 2013.

3.     Bishop, Claire. Radical museology, or, What's contemporary in museums of contemporary art? London: Koenig Books, 2013.

4.     Bourriaud, Nicolas. Relational Aesthetics. Dijon, France: Les Presses du Réel, 2002

5.     Greenberg, Reesa. Thinking about Exhibitions. London; New York: Routledge, 1996.

6.     Marincola, Paula. What Makes a Great Exhibition? Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage, 2006.

7.     Obrist, Hans-Ulrich. A Brief History of Curating. Zurich, Switzerland: JRP Ringier, 2008.

8.       Lambert-Beatty, Carrie. “Make Believe: Para-Fiction and Plausibility,” in OCTOBER 129, Summer 2009. Cambridge, MA: October Magazine, Ltd. and MIT Press, 2009, pp. 51–84​