The programme offers courses in the theory and practice of curatorship, developing in students a sophisticated awareness of the practicalities, politics and poetics of working with collections of many kinds. Students are encouraged to bring the disciplinary insights of their undergraduate major (whether this be in the visual arts, the humanities or the sciences) to the curating of both material and virtual collections, and are offered opportunities to work on exhibitions in public spaces and in the digital realm. A major aim of this programme is to introduce students, through seminars, fieldwork and workshops, to the central skills of a curator: to understand objects and how to research them, to work with collections, convening them in exhibitions, and to collaborate with artists, mediating their production. In 2020 we will continue our special focus on object studies, and the multiple ways in which such a focus can help transform museum practice.
The Honours in Curatorship class were privileged to go on a research based field-trip to the 16th Istanbul Biennial titled The Seventh Continent and curated by Nicolas Bourriaud. Jonathan Goschen reflects on one aspect of this trip, a visit to the Pera Museum where he viewed Norman Daly's Civilization of Llhuros.
On Sunday, 20 October 2019, the Centre for Curating the Archive, in collaboration with the University of Pretoria, will be launching the publication, Impossible Return: Cape Town’s Forced Removals by Dr Siona O’Connell (NB Publishers).