Application deadline: January 10, 2017
The Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice is founded on the belief that exhibitions are the medium for thinking through, presenting, and learning about contemporary culture.
Where curatorial discourse has, over the last twenty-five years, focused on the role of the curator, conversations are once again increasingly centering on his/her work. Our revised curriculum takes account of this shift, privileging exhibition-making opportunities and primary engagements with artists and arts institutions.
San Francisco offers a rich landscape of alternative and experimental creative practices, both historical and contemporary, as well as ample opportunities to speculate about the future. Taking advantage of our geographical location, the Program seeks to uncover local collaborative, artist-led, and other curatorial initiatives in order to contribute to and challenge existing paradigms of exhibition-making internationally.
The curriculum provides students with a flexible framework for research and investigation, balanced with opportunities for developing exhibition and publication projects. First-year courses focus specifically on exhibitions—their history, form, and design—and are supported by seminars on contemporary and global art history, theory and criticism.
Classes devoted to the visual and textual analysis of artworks are augmented by firsthand encounters with artworks in archives, studios, and private and public collections.