June 1—July 1, 2017
The Institute for Curatorial Practice is a five-week intensive summer program focusing on the practice of curation: material, digital, and imaginary.
The program introduces traditional museum approaches and intensive object study while simultaneously investigating the "curatorial imaginary," an expanding field driven by developments in new media. In a digital environment free from the standard logistics of curating--budgets, loan paperwork, installation headaches, the laws of physics--what curatorial inventions might be possible?
At the Institute for Curatorial Practice, students 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 in the Five Colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst). Our emphasis is on the acquisition of critical, theoretical, and digital design skills while developing imaginative and conceptual strategies for the exhibition of objects, images, sounds, structures, films, sites, texts, and artifacts.
We are fiercely interdisciplinary. Students of art and architectural history, cultural studies, public history, philosophy, and literature, as well as the history of science and technology, are encouraged to apply. Our program at Hampshire College and the Five Colleges is one of the only intensive curation opportunities in the United States open to graduate, undergraduate, and post-B.A. students.
The Institute for Curatorial Practice also supports a Paid Internship Program, graduate fellowships for students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and year-round advising for student research and practice in curating.