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On The Wall | Curating A Photography Exhibition

Posted in PHOT 154 by Paul Turounet on July 24, 2010

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Where in the World? is a group exhibition featuring photographs by Diane Arbus, Bill Brandt, Richard Benson, Harry Callahan, William Christenberry, Robert Frank, Paul Graham, Mark Klett, Duane Michals, Richard Misrach, Nicholas Nixon, Robert Rauschenberg, Michal Rovner, Lucas Samaras, Frederick Sommer, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Garry Winogrand. The work on view explores photography’s particular ability to describe and convey a sense of place. Whether referencing an immediately identifiable location or one that is conceptual and abstract, each photograph encourages the viewer to contemplate – or decipher – the physical context in which the picture was taken.

– from Pace/McGill Gallery Exhibition Press Release

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Assignment

Curate a exhibition of photographic works  that reveals a conceptual | thematic concern.  The exhibition is required to include a minimum of thirty (30) photographic works from the history of photography, including the Historical (1839 – 1918), Modern (1919 – 1975) and Contemporary (1976 – today) time periods.  Extensive research on selecting the photographs and preparing the exhibition should be conducted, including viewing photographs at area museums | galleries, looking at photographer monographs and photography-related websites, including Inside The Digital Vault – Photographic Archives, Collections, Blogs and the Social Discourse of Photography.   In addition to selecting the theme and photographs, you are also required to include the following discussion in your presentation:

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Title Page

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Curatorial Statement


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The curator’s statement is required to include a description of the exhibition as well as the reasons for selecting the artists and interpretive considerations.  The discussion should address the following considerations and issues:

Introduction – Title of Exhibition and listing of all the artists / photographers

What is the exhibition about and what does it intend to communicate?

How does each photographer’s work relate to the concept | theme of the exhibition?

How are the images related to each other (formal, aesthetic, social, and/or historical issues and considerations) to reveal the conceptual | thematic concern?

What are the psychological, historical, sociological and/or cultural contexts that have shaped the selection of each photographers work?

How does the selection | juxtaposition of photographers and their works cause the audience to consider the conceptual | thematic idea in a new and inventive way?  Or alternately, does the selection cause the audience to rethink a common theme?

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Images

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Exhibition Checklist

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Under each time period heading, the checklist is required to include the following:

  • Artist’s name
  • Title of the photograph | photographic work – italics
  • Year work created

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Each time period, including Historical (1839 – 1918), Modern (1919 – 1975) and Contemporary (1976 – today), is required to be represented by a minimum of ten (10) photographs from each for a minimum total of thirty (30) photographs | photographic works in the exhibition.

The selected photographers can have a maximum of four (4) photographs | photographic works in the exhibition.

The exhibition | artist checklist is required to be printed-out as a hard copy.

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Bibliography

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List all materials referenced in selecting the photographers and images included in the exhibition as well as any other critical discussion materials, including websites, books and articles used.

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Requirements

For evaluation of the the final project assignment (see Calendar for Due Date), please complete the following:

Curate a exhibition of photographic works  that reveals a conceptual | thematic concern.  The exhibition is required to include a minimum of thirty (30) photographic works from the history of photography, including the Historical (1839 – 1918), Modern (1919 – 1975) and Contemporary (1976 – today) time periods.

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In addition to selecting the theme and photographs, you are also required to include the following in the presentation:

Title Page

Curatorial Statement

Photographic Images (include name of photographer, title of work in italics and year of work)

Exhibition Checklist – Necessary to turn-in printed out

Bibliography

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The curatorial exhibition project is required to be submitted as as Powerpoint or Keynote presentation.  The slides are required to be on white pages.  The presentation can be submitted via a thumb / external hard drive (preferred) or on a CD.  Please insure that the completed assignment | presentation is formatted correctly to open on other computers.

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