Discussion Bound: Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else by David Balzer« Back to Events
Second Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m.
Meet at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café (55 Haywood Street, Asheville 28801)
Free and open to the public
This monthly discussion is a place to exchange ideas about readings that relate to artworks and the art world, and to learn from and about each other. Pick up some tasty local fare at the Malaprop’s Café to make the most of your midday break! Books are available at Malaprop’s for a 10% discount.
Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else by David Balzer
Now that we “curate” everything from shopping to lunch, what is the role of the connoisseur in contemporary culture? Inside the art world, the curator reigns supreme, acting as the face of high-profile group shows and biennials in a way that can eclipse the contributions of individual artists. Curatorial-studies programs continue to grow, and the business world is adopting curation as a means of adding value to content. Everyone, it seems, is a curator. But what is a curator, exactly? And what does the explosive popularity of curating say about our culture’s relationship with taste, labor, and the avant-garde? In this vibrant, revelatory, and original study, Balzer travels through art history and around the globe to explore the cult of curation. Co-moderated by Associate Curator Carolyn Grosch and Adult Programs Manager Kristi McMillan.
Presented in conjunction with Vault Visible: Behind the Scenes at the Asheville Art Museum.