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The Institute for Curatorial Practice

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  Jerome Liebling photo

Using one object chosen from the Five College museums collections as a catalyst, students will develop an exhibition inspired by that object. 

Liebling, Jerome.
Boy and Car, New York City, 1949
Hampshire College Collection
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Museum professionals and curatorial practitioners are welcome to join the ICP program during the second week (June 8-14). Apply now.


June 2-July 3, 2014

institute for curatorial practiceThe Institute for Curatorial Practice is a 5-week intensive summer program focused on the practice of curation: material, digital, and imaginary.

At the Institute for Curatorial Practice students will investigate and implement contemporary modes of curation, combining new media technologies and experimental methods with the direct study of collections in distinguished museums and archives. Our emphasis is on the acquisition of critical, theoretical, historical, and digital design skills, while developing imaginative and conceptual strategies for the exhibition of objects, images, sounds, structures, films, sites, texts, and artifacts.

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Attention Five College students: Apply for a paid internship. Preference given to ICP students.

Graduate Fellowships also available: Apply now.

The Program
Students will explore the history of museums and collecting alongside contemporary and experimental directions in curation. We will explore new media platforms and cross-cultural exhibiting, while also offering training in advanced critical skills.

In addition to the collections of the Five College museums and Museums10, we will also investigate area archives and rare book collections. Students will learn the tools of making digital exhibitions, and student teams will produce their own exhibitions as the culmination of the summer program.

The Curatorial Process
Behind the scenes access to world-renowned museums in the Five College consortium (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst) guided by faculty experts and internationally recognized curators, directors, museum educators, and designers brings the practical and theoretical together.

Our program is fiercely interdisciplinary, and will be of interest to students of art and architectural history, cultural studies, public history, philosophy, and literature, as well as the history of science and technology.

John Slepian art installationNew Approaches to Curation
This summer program at Hampshire College and the Five Colleges is one of the only intensive summer opportunities in the U.S. open to graduate, undergraduate, and post-B.A. students. It is a program that introduces traditional museum approaches and intensive object study, while simultaneously investigating the “curatorial imaginary," a cutting-edge and expanding field driven by developments in new media.

The Institute for Curatorial Practice at Hampshire College offers students a unique opportunity to investigate new directions in curation and to create their own state-of-the-art exhibitions.

Slepian, John.
Scatter Piece, 2013
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Institute for Curatorial Practice
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002

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