Netherlands, Groningen

The Knowledge of the Curator III

when 28 June 2020 - 4 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 670

In recent years, the already multifaceted role of the curator in museums, exhibition spaces, and cultural heritage sites has expanded significantly. Curators have expanded their practice from traditional institutional contexts to public spaces. They are now expected to produce innovative scholarship, invent new fundraising formats, digitize collections, collaborate with artists, and engage with society in order to rethink the museum as a sustainable place for the future.

In 2020, the focus of our successful summer school series “The Knowledge of the Curator” lies on the increasing interest in curatorial projects that cross the boundaries between art and nature. How can artistic interventions forge meaningful relationships between humans and nature? What is the history of curating beyond museum walls? Can contemporary art serve to enhance ecological awareness and local identities? What are the characteristics and challenges of ‘landscape-based’ curating, can the environment be curated at all?

Intended for art historians preparing for a career in museums, other cultural institutions, or academia,, as well as professionals in those fields, this course is devoted to the knowledge, expertise, and skills required to meet the challenge of curating art and the environment.

The Department of History of Art, Architecture, and Landscapes at the University of Groningen offers a unique and innovative summer school programme that puts students in direct contact with internationally renowned scholars, artists, and curators. The summer school location is situated in the unique countryside near the city Groningen, close to the Wadden Sea and Lauwersmeer National Park and will include outdoor activities, curatorial experiments with landscapes, and hands-on work with nature as artistic material.

A key feature of our summer school – in addition to lectures, presentations, and discussion – is the creation of an experimental exhibition, based on the Groningen landscape in collaboration with contemporary artists. Several excursions are organized on bikes, including one to the outdoors exhibition Into Nature, in and around Emmen, that enables participants to meet/work with artists and curators on site.

Course leader

Dr. Joost Keizer
Prof. dr. Ann-Sophie Lehmann
Dr. Mans Schepers
Drs. Anne Wolff
Drs. Anna-Rosja Haveman

Target group

The course is designed for MA, PhD, Postdoc, Junior Curator and Museum Professionals. Participants should have completed a BA in Art History or a neighboring field (e.g. Landscape Studies, Cultural History, Cultural Studies, History, Media Studies, Museum Studies, Religious Studies, with a demonstrable focus on the visual arts) .

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Course aim

In a curriculum that unites critical reading, thinking, and discussion with hands-on experience, the participants

- are familiarized with recent theories and methods of an object-based art history
- develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills for a curatorial career
- learn to use art-based methods, think across conventional boundaries between art and nature, and engage in trans-historical curating

Credits info

A certificate of attendance will be awarded. Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 670: Including: accommodation (5 nights), lunches, dinners, bike rental.

There are additional charges for exhibition tickets and travel by bus.

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