What does a curator do? How did current ideas of curating develop? An accessible primer and critical analysis of the field of curating
‘Introductions …’ is a new series of talks and events curated by frieze Associate Editor Paul Clinton, inviting international experts to provide accessible, jargon-free primers to key artworks, ideas and movements in contemporary art and culture.
No longer a buzzword but rather part of everyday speech, ‘curating’ is nonetheless a much misunderstood term, not least in the art world. What does a curator do? How did current ideas of curating develop? How have collections, exhibitions, biennials and even artistic practices been transformed by shifting definitions of curating? With reference to concrete examples, writer and lecturer Gilda Williams will provide an accessible primer and critical analysis of the field of curating. This event will introduce ideas from key texts such as Brian O’Doherty’s Inside the White Cube (1976), the work of major figures like Lucy Lippard and Douglas Crimp, through to recent proposals to rethink curating from Hito Steyerl and others, as well as covering topics including: experimental models of curating; a short history of the biennale; the artist as curator; curating performance; and reinventing the solo exhibition.
Other events in the series:
Introduction to Performance Art by Catherine Wood (7 December)
Dr Gilda Williams
Dr Gilda Williams is a writer, lecturer and curator based in London, UK. She is the author of How to Write about Contemporary Art (2014, Thames and Hudson) and On&By Andy Warhol (2016, Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press). She is Reader on the MFA Curating Programme, Goldsmiths, University of London and guest lecturer at Sotheby's Institute of Art.
Paul Clinton is a writer and the Associate Editor of frieze and Frieze Masters Magazine. In 2015, he co-curated the exhibition ‘duh? Art & Stupidity’ at Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea.