The Curator as Artist

By Natasha Rivett-Carnac.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The work of the curator in constructing art worlds is more boundary-free than ever before. For most curators, this is both liberating and disorienting. More and more curators are aligning themselves with artists rather than so-called "gate-keepers." These type of curators typically call themselves "curator-artists". The question I would posit then is this: What might some of the pertinent questions be for establishing a curatorial approach under this model? In other words,how can we maximize the creative potential inherent in such a model, while still maintaining and developing ever evolving standards for the field of contemporary art? I would suggest, however, that in order to gain the most from this new approach, flexible criteria need to be developed.

This paper will discuss the emerging role of the curator-artist. It will draw on projects I have curated, particularly Rabble Pilgrim, a recent project at Dartington College of Arts (Devon, UK). It will also incorporate a variety of panels and workshops with both emerging and established curators. The topics discussed include: the role of the curator-artist, the process of creating a project, and the way in which this curatorial process re-defines the nature of research.

Keywords: Curating

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.113-118. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 496.657KB).

Natasha Rivett-Carnac

Freelance Curator, Pass:Port, Minneapolis, London, UK

Natasha Rivett-Carnac, BA Interdisciplinary Arts from the University of Minnesota, MA Arts and Cultural Management from Dartington College of Arts (Devon, UK). She has worked in a variety of arts venues in Minneapolis and now works with London based Pass:Port.


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