History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ARTH 495: RS: Objects and Archives in Art History

ARTH 495-001: Objects and Archives in Art History: Curating an Exhibition
(Spring 2017)

Research Hall 201

Section Information for Spring 2017

In this class students will participate in every aspect of curating an actual exhibition.

Using original objects from the extensive collection of modern Latin American art at The Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC, students will choose an exhibition theme, write a proposal, create a checklist and select objects, propose and seek sources of funding, design the exhibition layout, conduct archival research, write wall text, design and write a short exhibition catalogue, create marketing materials, plan educational programs, help install and deinstall the show, and give gallery tours. The show will take place on George Mason University’s Campus in the Fine Arts Gallery in April of 2017 and then open at a later date at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC. This course will differ from the typical seminar in that it will explore the practical side of curatorial work in addition to scholarly research. Students will be expected to attend at least two class sessions on site at the Art Museum of the Americas as well as to conduct research in the museum’s archives. 

Research/Scholarship Intensive

Satisfies the writing intensive requirement in the major.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Conduct hands-on research with objects and primary and secondary sources. Select particular artifacts, works of art, or group of objects and undertake original research, and bring objects from storage to publication to exhibition. Develops skills in material analysis, critical reading, and academic writing. Focuses on VA/DC/MD libraries, archives, and storerooms. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 credits of 300-level courses in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and ENGH 302.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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