1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
4 x 3-hour field trips per semester
1 VISA1001 - Visual Arts: Traditions and Theories
2 1 of AUST2610, INDG2002
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Assignment(s), Test(s), Fieldwork, Seminar, Tutorial participation, Slide Test
Topic description
This topic will begin by working towards a definition of curatorial and museum studies practice. This approach will be supported by discussion of the notion of curating exhibitions within historical, sociocultural and political frameworks. A range of curated exhibitions across differing cultures, historical eras, and political views and in different kinds of art galleries and museums will be examined on a case study basis.

The topic aims to introduce the field of curatorial and museum studies theory and practice through field trips to Adelaide based exhibitions, both in class time, and/or on weekends. Students will have the opportunity to ‘curate’ a hypothetical exhibition, based on a particular concept, theme, and/or gallery/museum type.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • Provide students with a detailed understanding of the concept of curating
  • Introduce students to the field of curation
  • Examine the practice of curation in a range of contexts, including historical, social, and political
  • Expose students to a range of curated exhibitions
  • Develop a sound understanding of what in practice constitutes a curated art exhibition
  • Give students the opportunity to improve their written and verbal communication skill
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be able to:

  • Discuss curation, and explain its theory and practice
  • Discuss how different historical, social cultural, and political eras influence the practice of curating visual art exhibitions
  • Demonstrate their ability to identify and articulate different curatorial styles and practices
  • Articulate, present and defend their ideas both verbally and in writing