Spring 2022

Curating between the Virtual and the Physical: Liliana Porter

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-237


Niko Vicario (Section 01)


This course introduces students to contemporary art and the history and practice of organizing exhibitions. How do we present and experience art in a fixed location and how can art be curated and engaged with on the Internet? A museum exhibition of work by artist Liliana Porter, on view at the Mead during the run of the course, and the planning of a parallel online exhibition in collaboration with Curator of American Art and Arts of the Americas Lisa Crossman, will provide a case study. Porter’s work, which ranges from video to installation to works on paper, offers a particularly rich opportunity for thinking through the relationship between originality and reproduction, objects and representation. This class presents students with an opportunity to converse with the artist, engage with the exhibition of her work on view, learn from a curator, and participate in the organization of the virtual exhibition. Students will also read, discuss, and write about curating, spatial experience, technological mediation, and artists and curators who have reimagined the forms art and exhibitions take.

Limited to 15 students.  Spring semester: Professor Vicario

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Writing, reading, independent research, oral presentations, group work, visual analysis Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2022