ARTH 495: RS: Objects and Archives in Art History

ARTH 495-001: Objects and Archives in Art History: Curating an Exhibition
(Spring 2020)

10:30 AM to 01:10 PM F

Research Hall 201

Section Information for Spring 2020

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

Using original objects from Freer / Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution 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, and plan educational programs, gallery tours and programming events. The final exhibit might be created digitally, depending on the availability of space at the museum. This course will differ from the typical seminar in that it will explore the practical side of curatorial work in addition to scholarly research. Occasionally during the semester, students will be expected to attend class sessions on site at the Freer / Sackler Galleries as well as to conduct research in the museum’s archives.


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. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive, Writing Intensive in Major
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 credits of 300-level courses in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and ENGH 302.
Schedule Type: Seminar
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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