Curating the Renaissance : Seminar session with Peta Motture, Senior Curator of Sculpture, V&A

What springs to mind when someone tells you they are a curator in an art and design Museum?  Is there a difference between an academic art-historian and a curator?  If you were a curator, how do you think you would spend your time?Based on case studies of work undertaken at the Victoria and Albert Museum, including the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries and a forthcoming book on the Culture of Bronze, this session will explore the role of a curator in researching and interpreting objects within their broader cultural context for a wide range of audiences.

Write one paragraph discussing the approach to arts education presented by Dr. Muttore in class.  How does the view from ‘behind the museum’ change your experience of encounter with the arts objects and cultural products?  You may write about any other matter that you noted about the presentation.


One thought on “Curating the Renaissance : Seminar session with Peta Motture, Senior Curator of Sculpture, V&A

  1. Dr. Muttore talked a lot about how a curator must cater to the needs and wants of the museum-goer audience when planning a gallery. Everything from the color of the description labels (let alone the content of said labels) to the arrangement of religious objects must be scrutinized in order to make sure no one will feel alienated. I always thought curating mainly dealt with the physicality and spacial design of exhibits (protecting light sensitive objects, displaying objects to their fullest potential– e.g. the birth plate with two sides, insuring adequate space for people to experience the exhibit without bumping into each other, just making things look pretty, etc.), but I now realize that that’s only half the work. Now that I have a more complete understanding of what exactly a curator does, I think I might see galleries a bit differently. There are so many decisions that have to be made before a final product can be open to the public. I also know that I never, ever want to have anything to do with curating. I’m too indecisive!

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