Curatorial Studies

The Curatorial Studies Program is offered jointly by the Institute of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of ArtOpen link in new window. 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.

Curatorial Studies Courses are open to all students. 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 RenaissanceOpen link in new window; The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan DynastyOpen link in new window; Venice and the Islamic World, 828–1797Open link in new window; and Prague, The Crown of Bohemia, 1347–1437Open link in new window.

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
Associate Director for Collections and Administration, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Andrea Bayer
Curator, European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Barbara Boehm
Director, Curatorial Studies Program; Paul and Jill Ruddock Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Jonathan Brown
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

Colin Eisler
Robert Lehman Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts

Michael Gallagher
Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge, Paintings Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Günter Kopcke
Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Institute of Fine Arts

Denise Leidy
Curator, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rebecca Rabinow
Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Patricia Rubin
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

Luke Syson
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Curator in Charge, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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