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2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

AH 323 Contemporary Curatorial Practices

This seminar provides students with a broad overview of mid-to-late 20th century and contemporary art through the lens of exhibition making. Organized around a comprehensive proposal for a thematic group exhibition, topics include evolution of gallery and exhibition contexts, installation design, the rhetorical impact of artworks on each other, the role of the given physical site and layout on the works displayed, and the exhibition as mode of interpretation and research. Students are introduced to a wide variety of contemporary artists and how their work is contextualized by the exhibition format. Projects include an oral presentation on a postwar artist (or movement), curating a hypothetical group exhibition, and six 2-to-3-page papers. Fieldtrips to regional exhibition spaces and guest speakers reinforce the course material.