Faculty of Arts


Art Writing and Curatorial Practice

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for ARTHIST 734.


Explores the basic principles of curatorial practice and art writing. It will open up professional opportunites for students interested in working with art galleries and museums and will focus on developing comprehensive art writing skills. To complete this course students must enrol in ARTHIST 734 A and B.

Availability 2012

Semester 1 and 2 (full year)




Key texts:
Exhibiting cultures: the poetics and politics of museum display (eds.  Karp & Lavine 1991)
Thinking about exhibitions (Ferguson, Greenberg & Nairne, 1996)
Heritage, museums and galleries: An introductory reader (ed. Corsane, 2005)
Art in theory 1900-2000 (eds. Harrison & Wood, 2003)
Selected chapters, essays or extracts from some of the following groups:
Art in theory 1648-1815 (eds. Harrison, Wood & Gaiger, 2001)
Art in theory 1815-1900 (eds. Harrison, Wood & Gaiger, 1998)
Destination culture (Kirschenblatt-Gimblett, 1998)
Collecting the new: Museums and contemporary art (ed. Altschuler, 2005)
South Pacific museums: Experiments in culture (eds. Healy & Witcomb, 2006)
Cautionary tales: Critical curating (eds. Rand & Kouris, 2007)
A Brief history of curating (Documents) (Lippard et al, ed. Obrist, 2008)
Inside the white cube: The ideology of the gallery space (O’Dogherty & McKevilley, 1976-99)
Art after Modernism: Rethinking Representation (ed. Wallis, Intro. Tucker, 1988)
The Visual culture reader (ed. Mirzoeff, 1999)
Blasted allegories: An anthology of writings by contemporary artists (ed. Wallis, Intro Tucker, 1987)
Exhibiting Maori: A history of colonial cultures of display (McCarthy, 2007)
Plus: A sampler range of review, blog, critical essay and catalogue essay texts.


ARTHIST 734: 30.0 points

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