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The Institute for Curatorial Practice

June 8 - July 10, 2015

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

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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.

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.

New 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.

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.

John Slepian art installation

Slepian, John.
Scatter Piece, 2013
QR code, paper, digital device.


Curatorial Blog

Visit the Institute for Curatorial Practice blog for more information and to view past exhibitions.

Did You Know?

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


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Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002