Indisciplined Curation

Kellen Auditorium

66 5th Avenue

April 17, 2012

6:30pm to 8:00pm

Focusing on curatorial practices that do not fit neatly within discreet categories of fashion, art and design, the roundtable discusses the process of curation across a variety of platforms and disciplines, from the three-dimensional spaces of the museum and gallery to the pages of magazines from the public sphere to online platforms, and from art to design practices. The panel investigates how the meaning of curation has drastically changed: how the term “curator” went from identifying the keeper of a collection to describing a wider range of activities across a variety of sites. Borrowing W.T. Mitchell’s concept of “indiscipline”—“a moment of breakage or rupture”—it seeks to show how these shifts have occurred across disciplinary boundaries and have questioned such boundaries in the process.

The roundtable participants include Harold Koda, Curator-in-Charge of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sarah Lawrence, an academic curator and dean of the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons the New School for Design, and Sabrina Gschwandtner a New York based artist, writer and curator.  It is chaired by Francesca Granata, Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies, in the School of Art and Design History and Theory.

The event is free and open to the public.




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