Rt Museum & Gallery Studies, Art Curatorship ( curatoring for an exhibition )

Art Curatorship 2:


After making a collective decision on how to approach your group s theme for the exhibition you should individually select one or more works from the Hatton collection which you will display and interpret. The objects, display and interpretation should be coherent with the aims, theme and style of the exhibition and should meet conservation standards. This means that although your display will be assessed individually it will be in part a result of a co-ordinated overall group effort. You will also receive a  base mark relating to the quality of the exhibition as a whole. All members of the group will receive the same base mark, which will form 20% of the assessment for the module.

Part one: display and interpretation

Your group exhibition (base mark of 20%) will be assessed as to the following interlinked aspects:

” Coherence of the aims
” Successful and creative development of themes
” Quality of selection
” General interpretation
” Cultural and intellectual accessibility
” Coherence and quality of post-opening activities

Your individual display (worth 20%) will be assessed as to:
” Its coherence with the exhibition
” Its contribution to the exhibition
” Its physical and intellectual accessibility
” Its appearance
” Object safety
” Visitor safety
” How well it captures attention and provokes interest

You should also write a commentary (worth 20%) on your display, detailing, in no more than 1000 words:

” Reasons for your selection of object(s)
” Rationale for the interpretive strategy (including spatial arrangement), style, content and graphics
” Awareness of alternative approaches to art historical interpretation and justification of approach adopted
” Awareness of conservation and Health and Safety standards

Part two: the exhibition as a process and as a product (40%)

You will write a report on the process of developing the exhibition and its success as a product. You should:

” Identify and discuss strengths and weaknesses, constraints, setbacks and missed opportunities
” Explain and justify your roles and responsibilities within the team (excluding an account of display developed for part one of this assignment)
” Evaluate the success of your contribution to the team
” Evaluate the success of the group work generally and of the exhibition as a finished product

Please note that you will be DIRECTLY responsible for the planning, organisation, staffing and success of the exhibition project AS A GROUP.
This means that you must devise a team structure, allocating roles and responsibilities within the group and establishing the balance between individual work and the overall group effort.
1. There is no word count for the report, but in general brevity is appropriate for reports.
2. You are writing a report in the sense that you are reporting on the exhibition. However, you do not have to stick rigidly to the report format introduced in previous modules; your objective should be to respond to the requirements of the assignment (see handbook) as fully as possible.
3. Where you are writing about yourself it is ok to use the first person
4. Do not include appendices unless you make analytical reference to them in the text.
5. When discussing your individual displays please give an account of all of the works you selected; however, you may focus on one display in particular if you feel it best represents your curatorial choices.
6. As stated in the assignment rubric, you must justify your art historical approach. All labels, because of their brevity, use limited art historical approaches, so you must be aware of those which you have adopted and be able to explain why you did not choose others (e.g. biographical, formalist, socio-historical, iconographical etc.). It might help you to read some of student guides to art history to become more familiar with these approaches (D Alleva, Pointon etc.).