The words art curation can conjure up images of chaos. But this is a misconception. Art curators do not have to be in art school, they do not have to make a lot of money, and they are not solely confined to museums and galleries. The role of a curator today is more complex than it has ever been. In fact it is an art practice that is expanding into all parts of life and not just in the art world.
The term curator was tied to the control of mentally ill patients in around 14th century. Curating at that time had little to do with aesthetics, museum culture, or art appreciation. Rather, it focused more on controlling the flow of blood in the bowel, so the patient would not die from too much circulation of blood. In addition, there was no way to measure the content of feces and therefore an art curator had to rely on experience and judgment to determine if a work of art should be exhibited in a certain museum or gallery setting. Art curators in those times were rich, elderly, and/or both, and their power and influence over the lives and decisions of many people were great.
Today, the field of art curation has largely taken a modern form and is mostly composed of women. However, men and women are becoming more involved in the art creation process as well. More museums and galleries are taking on the role of art curators. The increasing numbers of people getting involved in the art creation process is largely due to the fact that there has been a growing awareness of the importance of the visual culture in our society.
An art curator has a great deal of responsibility. Their job entails the important task of educating and creating awareness about the visual culture. They are needed in museums and galleries to coordinate activities related to the preservation and display of art and curiosities, and the creation of a relationship between the museum and the public. In today’s world, it is essential for museum curators to interact with the general public through social media such as Facebook, and YouTube. In this way, they are able to increase awareness of the curio and its objects while engaging with the public at large.
There are many different types of art curators, although all art curators have the same goal: To exhibit the curio and its objects in a highly structured and organized manner. Generally, curators to organize exhibitions and events around art curios, focusing on a particular theme for each exhibition. This theme could be related to the location of the exhibition (such as a museum) or to a specific subject (an art installation). Themes and subject matter are the basis of the curator’s style and techniques, which he or she uses in order to organize the exhibition, maximize visitor exposure, and create an atmosphere that showcases the objects in the best possible way.
Art curators often take on freelance work in order to earn a living. Some curators work with established museums, while others exhibit works at public events and offer consulting services to other businesses. There are also those curators who work solely as freelancers, exhibiting their work both online and offline. Curators can also work in private businesses or in galleries as freelance artists. Others work in the industry as professional artist consultants.