ARTH-251: Art Curating

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ARTH-251 Art Curating

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): ARTH-202

Course Description in college catalog:

This course covers the basics of planning an exhibition for a targeted audience in a gallery or museum setting. Appropriate display design for a specific theme, utilizing the gallery/museum collection, research, sources of information, how to write informative text for the public (what to say and how to say it), exhibition design and production, contracts, insurance, construction and display of exhibitions, publicity. In addition, the course will cover policies for collecting and disposal of works of art, donations, purchases and loans. Classroom lecture and discussion will be supplemented with trips to the QCC Art Gallery to observe, to participate in meetings with the Gallery Director, and to participate in curatorial duties (under supervision) when the student achieves a grade point average of B or above, as determined by tests, quizzes, papers, and class participation.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Art (Concentration: Art and Design)

A.S. Art (Concentration: Art History)

A.S. Gallery and Museum Studies

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  3. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Weigh opposing positions and multiple perspectives when determining the success of individual art works or practices

  2. Utilize the vocabulary of the discipline

  3. Execute a curatorial project from conception, to installation to marketing and promotion

  4. Recognize and demonstrate social, psychological, emotional, and aesthetic implications when making exhibition decisions

  5. Use critical and art historical theory, practice, and formal analysis to approach and apprehend diversity of individual and cultural expressions in art works.

  6. Recognize and demonstrate the appropriate care and handling of art objects of varied material and from varying time periods

  7. Understand the tasks and skills associated with various art professionals such as grant makers, conservators, registrars, curators, artists and other arts administrators

  8. Research and write introductory and interpretive wall text of museum quality

Program-specific outcomes

  1. Weigh opposing positions and multiple perspectives when determining the success of individual art works or practices

  2. Utilize the vocabulary of the discipline

  3. Execute a curatorial project from conception, to installation to marketing and promotion

  4. Recognize and demonstrate social, psychological, emotional, and aesthetic implications when making exhibition decisions

  5. Use critical and art historical theory, practice, and formal analysis to approach and apprehend diversity of individual and cultural expressions in art works.

  6. Recognize and demonstrate the appropriate care and handling of art objects of varied material and from varying time periods

  7. Understand the tasks and skills associated with various art professionals such as grant makers, conservators, registrars, curators, artists and other arts administrators

  8. Research and write introductory and interpretive wall text of museum quality

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Researching an artwork and writing interpretive wall text

Developing a curatorial proposal/project

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member’s discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender’s grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University’s policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Disabilities
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.