Curating Contemporary Art Exhibitions Two - Dubai
Over the 4 day course students will learn how to approach artists, discuss their practice within a studio visit situation, disseminate key information surrounding the artist’s work into various media, propose ideas for staging an exhibition and ultimately build an exhibition proposal of a professional standard...
Taught by: Kirsten Cooke.
Over the 4 day course students will learn how to approach artists, discuss their practice within a studio visit situation, disseminate key information surrounding the artist’s work into various media, propose ideas for staging an exhibition and ultimately build an exhibition proposal of a professional standard. Where Curating Contemporary Art Exhibitions - One gets to the heart of understanding a contemporary definition of the term curating through lectures on key historic moments, Part Two delves into practical applications. Part One offers insight into the practice and history of curating through lectures, meeting curators from commercial galleries, museums and public spaces and touches on intellectual processes involved in making an exhibition. Part Two turns this knowledge into a resource for making a self-initiated and practically driven proposal for an exhibition designed and conceived individually by the student. Each student will be expected to propose a project based on their own research and the course will guide students through the process of turning an idea into an industry standard level of exhibition proposal.
This course will give students practical experience of meeting artist’s in their studio, transforming an initial concept into a fully functioning exhibition proposal and will offer a professional standard of experience at all stages of proposing a self - initiated idea. This will include refining the idea, conceptually positioning key themes into understandable narratives, working on realistic budgets, writing press releases, formatting proposal documents, compiling artist CV’s and all necessary stages in completing a working proposal that can be taken forward to professional platforms.
Who Should Attend
Designed as a follow on course to Curating Contemporary Art Exhibitions - One. Suitable for anyone interested in the display, site and context of contemporary art with a desire to work within the exhibitions field. An educational background in either fine art or art history is preferred but not mandatory. A broad interest of contemporary art practice is desirable in order to get the most from this course and it is preferable that students have attended Curating Contemporary Art Exhibitions - One.
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Dr Kirsten Cooke is an artist-curator and has co-authored the projects: Material Conjectures, KollActiv and House of Hysteria. This year Cooke completed her PhD in curatorial practice at the University of Reading and she has delivered papers/written texts for projects in London, Paris and LA. Cooke's practice experiments with different forms of staging and deploys architectural environments to choreograph artworks.
Recent exhibitions and projects have been staged at kynastonmcshine (The Old Police Station, London), Beaconsfield (London), Sonce Alexander gallery (LA), and the Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (Paris). In 2016, Cooke has staged the exhibition and performance programme Pressure Chamber: Nematodes at ArtLacuna (London) and will be curating the following exhibitions as part of her co-authored projects: Concrete Plastic in September at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LA) and Abandoned Temporary Treatment Facility in October at Beaconsfield (London).
- A notepad and pen for taking notes and a laptop for developing the proposal
- Recommended reading: Ten Fundamental Questions of Curating by Jens Hoffmann
All other materials will be provided during the course
Please also note that students will be expected to have initial ideas in place for an exhibition they would like to curate. These can be hypothetical and imaginative or realistic objectives but should be outlined in a short text to present to the group on the first day. This presentation will become the basis of developing an exhibition in the form of professional proposal. Some homework reading will be set throughout the course.