September 9, 2013

Call for applications: SVA MA Curatorial Practice

School of Visual Arts (SVA)
Keil Borrman, Airing of Facilitation Paintings Performance, OSMOS, New York, July 22, 2013 Photo by Alex Welsh.

Open House: November 2 – RSVP
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011

The two-year Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Practice (CP) focuses on professional training, with a thorough grounding in the study of history, research, and theory. The explosive growth of the field—including work in museums, Kunsthallen, alternative spaces, art fairs, biennials, private and corporate collections, and other discursive platforms—offers many opportunities. Hands-on work with experts in the field, professional networking, and the foremost goal of placing graduates in curatorial jobs are at the heart of the program. Based in Chelsea, CP takes full advantage of New York’s arts institutions and professionals, providing countless prospects for study, mentoring, and professional development. Curatorial Practice faculty work in significant New York institutions, while curators, museum and gallery professionals, and artists from across the world engage with us regularly. Building an international network of professional connections is an integral part of the program, complementing practical, rigorous training in every aspect of curatorial work.

The curriculum is founded on a series of case study seminars, writing workshops, practicums in every aspect of exhibition making and other forms of knowledge production and presentation, and programmatic engagements with professionals who meet with the students as a group and on an individual basis. Specialized training in research methodologies initiates the program, while students in their second year enter into mentorship and internship programs, and graduate the program with a culminating curatorial project. CP final projects are exhibited throughout New York and online. Internships take place with New York, national, and international institutional partners. Students have the enormous resources at their disposal of more than twenty graduate programs at SVA to draw work and collaborators from, as well as the vast facilities of the school that include studios, workshops, galleries, laboratories, and libraries. New York’s art, design, film, and performance worlds are all around us.

Among the faculty and faculty-at-large are Matthew Higgs, Director, White Columns; Claire Gilman, Curator, The Drawing Center; Hou Hanru, Artistic Director, Maxxi, National Gallery of 21st Century Art, Rome; Manon Slome, President and Chief Curator, No Longer Empty; David Frankel, Editorial Director, the Museum of Modern Art; Daniel Birnbaum, Director, Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Charlotte Cohen, Fine Arts Officer, Urban Developer Manager, US General Services Administration; David A. Ross, former Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Ana Paula Cohen, independent curator; Richard Flood, Curator-at-Large, The New Museum; Charles Renfro, Principal, Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Jennifer Tobias, Librarian, The Museum of Modern Art; Daniel Kunitz, Editor in Chief, Modern Painters; Jovana Stokic, deputy chair, SVA MA Curatorial Practice and former Curator of Location One; and Steven Henry Madoff, chair, SVA MA Curatorial Practice.

Application deadline: February 1, 2014
Applicants with a prior background in curatorial work are particularly encouraged, as are art historians and artists whose enterprises are relevant to advanced work in today’s expansive curatorial field.

Global Summit and CP Open House November 2
Directly following our global summit titled “Curating the Curatorial,” which brings together more than twenty prominent curators, museum directors, artists, and theorists from around the world to discuss the state of curatorial practice today, an open house will be held for all interested in applying to the Curatorial Practice program. Event includes overview of the program, introduction to CP faculty, overview of facilities, and discussion of the application process. Click here to register for the open house. For more information about the global summit, click here.



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