Contemporary approaches to the museum
These eight sessions aim to build on the Museum History sessions and to complement the more focused and practical sessions and exercises (Conservation; Virtual Display, Text and Interpretation) in the first two terms.The first four sessions (in Term 1) introduce in turn the roles and remit of the curator; the functions and architecture of the modern and contemporary art museum; the temporary exhibition; and issues of museum and exhibition display, particularly in relation to modern and contemporary art; all are set in (recent) historical context and in relation to each other.The final four sessions centre on site visits or presentations by invited professionals and artists. They introduce new voices, and new themes: exhibition design and its implications for the curator; the relation of acquisitions and display in the modern art museum; the relation of the private and public spheres, the auction house and the commercial gallery; and the active relationship between artists and museums, with a look to the future.
Each student will, following discussion with the Head of Programme in the first four weeks of term, embark on an internship with a London museum/gallery. The internship runs alongside the other taught sessions, collaborative exercises and written assignments that comprise the Programme, and forms an integral and obligatory part of the twelve-month programme. It is designed to complement the theoretical, methodological and practical instruction received on the programme, and to assist in providing students with the skills and expertise required for a curatorial or curatorial-related career in museums. It should serve as an opportunity for the student to develop professional attitudes and skills, and to apply research and academic knowledge and expertise to the museum situation.
The internship will extend over a period from mid-November to mid/late April, part-time and amounting to a total of around 25 full working days. Those days worked are to be agreed directly between the intern and the participating institution, and must fit within the schedule for the course as a whole. It is intended that internships take place on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays. Unless specifically agreed otherwise, full days are to be worked.