For my first blog, I would like to reflect on the past month here at Marywood. In the beginning of September, I began the first of three required internships with Ryan Ward, curator of The Maslow Collection at Marywood University.
Seth Siegelaub, a prominent art curator of the 60s/70s, once said, “You have to understand what the curator does to understand in part what you are looking at in an exhibition.” Based off of the past several weeks, I can personally attest to the truth in his assertion.
I’ve been to numerous exhibits and museums before, but after spending only a few hours behind the scenes of a gallery, my view of an exhibition has completely changed. I used to simply look at the art, but I was overlooking all of the small details that made the experience so enjoyable. I never used to look at the placement and symmetry of the wall labels, the positioning and angles of the lighting, or the deliberate organization of the pieces.
I’ve learned way more than I could have anticipated in such a short amount of time. The month was composed of the taking down of a graphic design centered show, as well as the installment and reception of the newest show, CONNECT: The College of Arts and Sciences Selects from The Maslow Collection. The show has a beautiful concept of taking faculty from other fields of study and uniting them under one common cause. Now that I’ve had this amazing experience, I find myself with a much deeper understanding of the intentions behind the exhibit. This new perspective has entirely transformed my appreciation of an exhibit as it’s own medium of art.
Here are some shots of the exhibit, located in The Maslow Study Gallery for Contemporary Art (1st Floor of the Shields Center). The show will be up until November 2nd if you haven’t had the opportunity to view it yet.
One of the interesting books that I’ve been reading, from The Maslow Collection’s library, is Art and Artifact: The Museum as Medium by James Putnam. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the effort and intentions behind museums and curation.
If anyone is interested in learning more, please feel free to contact myself via WordPress or Ryan Ward.
Thanks for the read, I look forward to keeping everyone updated on what’s to come!