May 4, 2011

New Directions in Curatorial Models


Curators occupy a preeminent role in the landscape of art history through their position as scholarly figures within institutions. Recently, the practice of "curating" has expanded beyond the borders of institutions and has given rise to a new understanding of curating that does not fall strictly within institutional demarcations.
Sean Kelly will host a panel discussion on Saturday, May 7th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm focusing on curatorial models in the 21st century. Panelists will debate the evolving definition of the role of the curator. Among the questions we will focus on are: What does it mean to be a curator today? What is the process when curating an exhibition?  How has the role of the curator evolved? Who are the curators of tomorrow? Representing different curatorial perspectives on the panel will be: An Independent Curator; A Corporate Curator; and A Collector as Curator. 

This panel discussion will appropriately enough take place at the gallery within the context of the exhibition, Robert Mapplethorpe: 50 Americans (May 7 – June 18, 2011). The gallery invited fifty Americans, one from each state in the Union, to select a single artwork from over 2,000 images in the Mapplethorpe archive that particularly resonated with them. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see two portraits emerge. The first is a fresh look at the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, curated not by museum or art-world professionals, but rather by a cross-section of the American public.  The second portrait is of America itself, a demographic snapshot that reminds us of what a uniquely diverse environment the United States really is, with room for countless differing opinions and tastes.

Isolde Breilmaier - Independent Curator
Liz Christensen - Corporate Curator for Deutsche Bank
Amy Goldrich - Collector as Curator
Moderator - Sean Kelly

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