The Curatorial Studies Program is offered jointly by the Institute of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An integral part of the IFA since the 1950s, the program prepares students for curatorial careers in specialized fields by strengthening both their connoisseurship and research skills.
The offerings consist of two colloquia that explore different aspects of a curator's professional duties. One of these courses is offered every semester, although the sequence and frequency may vary. The program's third component is an individually arranged nine-month curatorial residency.
While Curatorial Studies courses are open to both MA and Ph.D students, only Ph.D students are eligible for the 9 month residency and the Curatorial Studies Certificate. Students in the Curatorial Studies courses receive hands on training in exhibition planning. Past exhibitions that have been featured in these courses are: Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart's Renaissance; The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty; Venice and the Islamic World, 828–1797; and Prague, The Crown of Bohemia, 1347–1437.
Curatorial Studies Alumni have held leadership positions at some of the world’s foremost art institutions, such as: The Art Institute of Chicago; The Frick Collection; J. Paul Getty Museum; Library of Congress; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; National Gallery, London; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Smithsonian Institution.
Joint IFA–Metropolitan Museum Of Art Committee On Curatorial Studies
Carrie Rebora Barratt
Deputy Director, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Jayne Wrightsman Curator, European Paintings Department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts
Thomas P. Campbell
Director, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Curatorial Studies
Robert Lehman Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts
Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge, Paintings Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Curator, Greek and Roman Department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Institute of Fine Arts
Director, Curatorial Studies Program; Brooke Russell Astor Curator, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Leonard A. Lauder Curator of Modern Art, Curator in Charge of the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Director, Institute of Fine Arts, Co-Chair; Joint Committee on Curatorial Studies
Priscilla P. Soucek
John Langeloth Loeb Professor in the History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts
Chairman, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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