Topic: Curatorial Project
Order type: Research Proposal
The Curatorial Project is the cumulative project for the Art 122Y course and, as such, represents an opportunity for
the student to present a synthesized evaluation of and response to the different issues, ideas, and thematic
references explored in Art 122Y over the course of the semester and to demonstrate his or her general mastery of the
overarching course learning outcomes.
The work to complete for the Curatorial Project requires to assume the role of “curator” of an exhibition of
contemporary works of art created after 1980. The exhibition will have a theme that focuses on an issue that affects
contemporary U.S. culture. A curator is an individual who organizes an exhibition by selecting works and placing them
within a particular context or arrangement so as to create some kind of meaning. Developing a context for an
exhibition can include the use of thematic, conceptual, or formal approaches. Curators also write exhibition labels,
essays for publications such as exhibition catalogs as well as other material that will enhance the audience’s
experiences with the exhibition.
Activity Learning Objectives:
Successful completion of the Curatorial Project will demonstrate the student’s specific ability to:
??? interpret, assess, and evaluate the diversity and complexity of the
contemporary art world and its interrelationships with the world at large and express his / her thoughts in written
and visual form; an define, apply, and convey his / her understandings of and opinions about contemporary art in
discipline-specific written conventions.
Project Task: Assuming the Role of “Curator” to Design an Exhibition.
The task for this project is to take on the role of “curator” and to:
1. Design a thematic exhibition of contemporary American art or design (work created post 1980) and
2. Discuss how the different works in the exhibition relate to an issue (or issues) that affect contemporary American
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