This edition of Curating.info Conversations features Antonia Blocker in conversation with Laurel Ptak. In this interview, Antonia Blocker asks Laurel Ptak some key questions about curating online, the importance and durability of the exhibition as concept and form, and the possibilities for accessing new audiences. To create the e-book, we used the Bookleteer platform, which was developed by artist-led studio […]

– Firstly, an exciting announcement: after years of working on building Curating.info into a high quality resource all on my own, I now have a team to help me take this site to the next level. I wish to extend a warm welcome to Katerina Gkoutziouli, Mikhel Proulx, April Steele, and Sophie Williamson. Find out more about them on the […]

– Paul Lang is the newly-appointed curator at the National Gallery of Canada. At the job interview, he was asked by National Gallery Director Marc Mayer: “Were I to hire you for this job, who do you work for?” Lang replied: “I work for the public and so do you.” – “…it [curating] seemed to suit my personality better than […]

Hans Ulrich Obrist, renowned art world figure who hangs out at the top of the ArtReview Power 100 (which is indicative of something, no matter what one thinks of that list) released a book of interviews with eleven pioneer curators entitled A Brief History of Curating. Despite his status as super-curator, whilst reading this book the larger-than-life personality named on […]

– David Barrie recently gave a thought-provoking lecture entitled “A Bigger Picture: why contemporary art curators need to get out more“. He describes why a heritage-oriented mindset can result in constrained collections, noting that: “Despite our long colonial history and our rich links with countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean […] visitors to museums and galleries in the UK […]

– A great upcoming event in beautiful Edinburgh for your diaries: Radical Complicities, Curating Art in the 21st Century. Saturday 1st May 2010, speakers include: Beatrice von Bismarck (Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig), Nav Haq (Arnolfini, Bristol), Maria Lind (Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, USA), Sarah Lowndes (Independent Curator, Glasgow), Bojana Pejic (Independent Curator, Berlin). Introduced and chaired by […]

Welcome to another edition of Pick ‘N Mix, my collections of links and news relevant to curators. – There are two events coming up in March that I’d like to highlight. Friends and compatriots CRUMB are launching three books on Friday March 5 in Gateshead, UK. CRUMB’s co-founders, Sarah Cook and Beryl Graham, are launching their new book Rethinking Curating: […]

Welcome to this month’s Pick ‘N Mix, a selection of interesting tidbits about curators that I spotted on the web over the past few weeks. – A great interview with Mary Jane Jacob is available over at the always interesting Bad at Sports podcast/blog. Jacob is currently Professor and Executive Director of Exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, and […]

Welcome to this month’s Pick ‘N Mix, a selection of interesting tidbits about curators that I spotted on the web over the past few weeks. – Serpentine Gallery Co-Director Hans Ulrich Obrist has launched a project, “A Protest Against Forgetting,” which encompasses a badge (emblazoned with “Walter Hopps will be here in 20 minutes”) a book, talks, and more. The […]

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