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ARHT6960: Contemporary Curating

This unit of study focuses on contemporary curatorial practices and explores emerging trends and new directions in curating. It considers the expanding role of the curator, moving from traditional contexts in the art gallery and museum, to contemporary art spaces, artist-run initiatives, public sites, and into globalised and virtual settings. Curating is its own discipline. It has its own histories and is constantly evolving new modes of exhibition-making. The Contemporary Curator is inventing new ways for art to involve itself in society and we investigate the curatorial practices that meet the complexities, complacencies, inequalities, and possibilities of the contemporary moment.

Code ARHT6960
Academic unit Art History
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of contemporary curating practices, including the curatorial differences between the spaces, organisations, galleries, and institutions within the contemporary art infrastructure, and apply this knowledge by confidently articulating and contextualising the complex concepts and strategic differences within a peer group
  • LO2. conduct curatorial research through understanding curatorial and art historical research methods, and through practical processes of research and inquiry
  • LO3. engage in experiences that allow them to recognise and value communication as a tool for negotiating and creating new understanding, interacting with others, and furthering their own learning, developing a high standard of oral and written communication skills essential to work effectively in the art industry
  • LO4. respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts; and work effectively in teams and other collaborative contexts.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.