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The Local versus the Global in Curating and Curatorial Pedagogy

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Based on the specific structure of the new University of Southern California, Roski School of Art and Design curriculum of the MA in Curatorial Practices, this article polemically examines current tendencies in curating and curatorial practices programmes, arguing that there is an important role to be played by the latter – but not, as is often argued, in extending the reach of the self-proclaimed ‘global’ art world. The role of curatorial pedagogy, to the contrary, might best be understood as a critical one in giving students tools to understand the dangerous history behind claims of the ‘global’, which resonate with colonialist and imperialist and capitalist ideologies that have, since the early modern period, defined ‘art’ as such in Europe and European-based cultures.
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Keywords: curating; curatorial studies; global art; pedagogy

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California

Publication date: October 1, 2017

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  • The Journal of Curatorial Studies is an international, peer-reviewed publication that explores the cultural functioning of curating and its relation to exhibitions, institutions, audiences, aesthetics and display culture. The journal takes a wide perspective in the inquiry into what constitutes "the curatorial." Curating has evolved considerably from the connoisseurship model of arranging objects to now encompass performative, virtual and interventionist strategies. While curating as a spatialized discourse of art objects remains important, the expanded cultural practice of curating not only produces exhibitions for audiences to view, but also plays a catalytic role in redefining aesthetic experience, framing cultural conditions in institutions and communities, and inquiring into constructions of knowledge and ideology.
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