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April 5, 2012
For the past five weeks the gallery has hosted visits from grade 7 and 8 classes with Meryl McMaster’s photography show titled In-Between Worlds. Today is the last session. For each class I shared a little about my role as a curator. I’d begin with the question “What does a curator do?” Responses from the young participants usually included words like “pick” and “choose” what goes on the gallery walls.
The selection process is one part of a curator’s job. Some other aspects include:
- maintaining a gallery or museum’s collection
- research & interpret a collection or temporary exhibitions
- document and administer exhibitions
- write labels, catalogue essays and other supporting materials
- visit and correspond with exhibiting artists
- design and arrange exhibitions
- plan future exhibition programming
- arrange packing and transportation of artworks
- deliver public talks, present research and publish articles
- co-ordinate publications and catalogues
In closing my chat with the students, they’d ask what my favorite part of being a curator is. After of moment of thought, I’d reply: “With every show you learn something new. What can be more rewarding than expanding your horizons?”
October 21, 2011
Today’s media-savvy youth have a unique approach in understanding non-traditional art. We recently found this out at Station Gallery. For the past month, the gallery hosted groups of grade sevens and eights from across Durham Region. These students exceeded our expectations. The students toured the exhibition featuring works by Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens. The duo’s non-traditional approach to artmaking made sense to most students. They got it. It was interesting to see how they interpreted the graphics presented by the artists. Charts, bars, diagrams, text and video; these non-pictorial strategies communicated to students in ways we didn’t expect. Today is the last day for these curriculum-linked tours at the gallery. The generational differences of how art is consumed and understood continues to surprise and fascinate.