For our Back to School Summer Session, we’ve taken a look at education, pedagogy, and learning in the arts from a broad perspective, including work informed by school or schools of thought, investigations into the current state of academia, and resources for those interested in either self-directed or formal education. Today for our final installment we bring you an excerpt from an article by Cedar Pasori at Complex, who asked ten successful curators to give their best advice to those with an interest in curatorial practice. We hope this Summer Session has empowered our readers to make informed decisions about the relationship between scholarship and art practices, and that you’ve enjoyed the series. This article was originally published on September 22, 2013.
In the past, we’ve done the “How To Make It” series with artists in general, freelance photographers, freelance writers, freelance illustrators, street artists, and art directors. Now, we’re bringing you a list of expert curators who have advice for a younger generation of artists and creatives. Especially during a time when the title “curator” gets thrown around a little too often, learn from those who are doing it best.
Rule: Art history, art history, art history!
“Curating comes from having knowledge across a broad spectrum of contemporary culture, politics, and economics as well as a vast knowledge of art history from the beginning of time. You need to be in a constant pursuit of this information, to bring an extensive understanding of the vast archive of ideas and the huge bank of visual references from the past into the present.”