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I WANT TO BE­COME A CU­RA­TOR

I am in­clined to­wards fine arts and am keen on be­com­ing a cu­ra­tor. What is the scope in this ca­reer and how do I go about be­com­ing one?

A cu­ra­tor is a spe­cial­ist re­spon­si­ble for safe­guard­ing an in­sti­tu­tion’s col­lec­tions and is in­volved with the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of its her­itage ma­te­rial and his­tory. A cu­ra­tor is re­spon­si­ble for the safe keep­ing and artis­tic dis­play of ex­hibits in a mu­seum.

Un­like many art pro­fes­sions, to be­come a cu­ra­tor, ed­u­ca­tion is nearly manda­tory. In fact, for many po­si­tions out there you will not only need a bach­e­lor’s de­gree but also a mas­ter’s de­gree.

Hav­ing said that, most cu­ra­tors did not study to specif­i­cally be­come a cu­ra­tor, how­ever, they did fo­cus their stud­ies on fine arts.

They need to have an eye for de­tail and aes­thet­ics and how best to con­vey a mes­sage and vi­sion through the var­i­ous pieces of art.

Some­thing else they all have in com­mon is a pas­sion for art and cre­ative ex­pres­sion. Like most art ca­reers, be­ing a cu­ra­tor is prob­a­bly not an of­fice job; it’s a life­style.

So while you may know early on that you’d like to be a cu­ra­tor and go di­rectly into cu­ra­to­rial pro­grammes, there is noth­ing wrong with tak­ing art his­tory or bi­ol­ogy cour­ses and then tak­ing a step into ex­plor­ing a dif­fer­ent ca­reer.

As an as­pir­ing fine art stu­dent, you will have to main­tain a port­fo­lio. This may in­clude your orig­i­nal work, pho­to­graphs, slides or dig­i­tal images of paint­ings and sculp­tures, per­sonal note­books, short video­tapes or CDs and draw­ings.

Uni­ver­si­ties look for stu­dents with the abil­ity to en­gage in crit­i­cal and in­ven­tive dis­cus­sion, and a strong vis­ual cu­rios­ity. Be­sides your port­fo­lio you will have to have an arts sub­ject in your fi­nal grade, if not it is ad­vised to take a year-long Art Foun­da­tion course, to build a strong base and skills needed in the sub­ject.

You do have the op­tion of com­ple­ment­ing your arts ed­u­ca­tion with train­ing or an ap­pren­tice­ship as well. The right ed­u­ca­tion should pro­vide a unique ap­proach to the study of art and its mar­kets, giv­ing stu­dents a clear un­der­stand­ing into the busi­ness of the art world and the key el­e­ments for suc­cess­ful art en­ter­prises.

Cu­ra­tors can choose to pur­sue dif­fer­ent ar­eas of work, such as art, sci­ence and nat­u­ral his­tory and stu­dents should choose a ma­jor that’s rel­e­vant to the type of mu­seum they in­tend to work in. An as­pir­ing art mu­seum cu­ra­tor may con­sider study­ing fine arts or art his­tory, while a fu­ture his­tor­i­cal mu­seum cu­ra­tor may con­sider study­ing anthropology or his­tory.

Over the past decade the pro­fes­sion has be­come fairly pop­u­lar and today var­i­ous cour­ses in fine arts and de­grees for cu­ra­tors are be­ing of­fered by uni­ver­si­ties and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes. In­sti­tutes where you can fol­low your pas­sion in­clude Bard Col­lege, Columbia Univer­sity, RCA, Lon­don and École de Ma­gasin.

An in­ter­est­ing de­vel­op­ment is the train­ing in­sti­tute de­vel­oped by Sotheby’s, the fa­mous auc­tion house. They have ex­ec­u­tive pro­grammes, short-term cour­ses and mas­ter’s pro­grammes for those in­ter­ested not only in be­com­ing cu­ra­tors but also in estab­lish­ing busi­ness en­ter­prises.

It will also pro­vide you with

Be­sides your PORT­FO­LIO you will have to have an ARTS sub­ject in your FI­NAL grade, if not it is ad­vised to take an Art FOUN­DA­TION course

the right network re­quired to lever­age your ca­reer. At mas­ter’s level the core cour­ses al­low stu­dents to gain a depth of knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence in their pro­gramme’s dis­ci­pline as well as ex­po­sure to a breadth of re­lated sub­jects through a wide va­ri­ety of elec­tives. Some of these ar­eas in­clude art law, mar­ket­ing, auc­tion prac­tice, val­u­a­tions and col­lec­tions man­age­ment.

SAN­JEEV VERMA is an in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion coun­sel­lor

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