Curatorial Studies

In response to the continued interest of both MA and PhD students in more courses that integrate the study of objects with curatorial and museum practice, the Institute has enhanced its roster of curatorial seminars in the academic year 2018-19. 

In Fall 2018 Professor Edward Sullivan will teach an introductory seminar focusing on curatorial and museum practice as well as collection history. This course, open to all Institute students, will be a combination of in-class discussions, dialogues with museum curators, directors, and other appropriate museum staff members at a wide variety of institutions throughout the city. As a final project students, divided into “research groups,” will create either real or virtual exhibitions utilizing all necessary tools, both intellectual and practical, on which curators depend for their work.

Also in the fall, Monika Bincsik, curator of Japanese decorative arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will teach a seminar based on the museum’s collections.  In the spring, we are delighted to offer three curator-taught seminars: Anne Umland of MoMA (Institute alumna) will teach a seminar on Sophie Tauber-Arp as she prepares for a major, multi-media exhibition on this artist; John Carpenter of the Metropolitan Museum of Art will teach a course on Japanese painting and sculpture; and a course co-taught by Metropolitan Museum of Art curators Blair Fowlkes–Childs (Institute alumna) of the Greek and Roman Department, and Michael Seymour and Kim Benzel of the Ancient Near Eastern Department, will focus on cultural interactions  between Parthia and Rome.