Review: Every Curator’s Handbook – http://pai.sthlm.in/images/Every_Curator’s_Handbook.pdf by Sofia Landström This compendium offers hands-on professional insights wherein different authors from different points of view share experiences from their professional careers as curators. The reader gets a specific and detailed overview of what a curator’s work might look like beyond theory. “Every Curator’s Handbook” deals with multiple curatorial issues from collaborations to […]

Raising Frankenstein: Curatorial Education and Its Discontents: Reviewed by Antonia Blocker The issue of self-reflexivity is one that looms large in relation to curatorial education and the curatorial practices that emerge from it. How does one challenge curatorial practice without making one’s practice about curating? Can a history of curating be formulated in order to form the basis of teaching? […]

Esse arts + opinions Magazine: Be Nice to Your Curator, No 72 – Curators – Spring/Summer 2011 Contributions by curators Sylvette Babin, Sophia Krzys Acord, Paul Ardenne, Jean-Philippe Uzel, Louise Déry, Nathalie Desmet, Michèle Thériault, Marie-Eve Beaupré. Last year’s spring/summer issue of ESSE magazine was entirely devoted to curatorial practice. What does it mean to be a curator nowadays? How […]

What Makes A Great Exhibition? Edited by Paula Marincola, Director of the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (PEI). Essays by Glenn Adamson, Paola Antonelli, Carlos Basualdo, Iwona Blazwick, Lynne Cooke, Thelma Golden, Mary Jane Jacob, Jeffrey Kipnis, Paula Marincola, Detlef Mertins, Mark Nash, Ralph Rugoff, Ingrid Schaffner and Robert Storr. Supposedly we don’t judge a book by its cover, and with this […]

– 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 […]

New Media in the White Cube and Beyond: Curatorial Models for Digital Art is a collection of essays edited by Christiane Paul (curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art), addressing several topics of concern to new media art curators. The twelve essays cover the full range of territory that curators will encounter, from understanding how artists use the medium […]

In like a lion, out like a lamb… welcome to March’s Pick ‘N Mix, a real mixed bag of treats this month: – First of all, a postscript of sorts to last month’s Pick ‘N Mix, the “credit crunch edition”: You’ve all surely read it by now, but in case you haven’t, Holland Cotter’s article, “The Boom Is Over! Long […]

I listen to a lot of podcasts, mostly while I am walking around the city. I have come across some real gems in a number of subject areas, and thought I would share a few of the recent ones I’ve listened to that are relevant to curators with you. Bad at Sports with Hou Hanru: Hou Hanru is currently the […]