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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?”