Folklore | Curatorship
F731 | 25355 | Jackson

What do curators do? What hands-on skills should a graduate student
acquire in order to prepare for a career working in museums or
archives? How do the theoretical debates within various humanities
and social science disciplines connect to the practical work that
curators and other museum or archive professionals pursue?
Complimenting several IU Bloomington courses concerned with
exhibitions, Curatorship is a graduate seminar aimed at concurrently
teaching fundamental skills basic to curatorial work and exploring
the ways that theoretical, ethical, and methodological problems are
worked out in the day-to-day work of museums of art, ethnography,
archaeology, and history, as well as in the kinds of archives and
media repositories that serve a range of humanities and social
science disciplines.  Held at the Mathers Museum on the Indiana
University-Bloomington campus, the course will include hands on
activities, seminar discussion, and original research opportunities.
While exhibitions will come up in the course of seminar meetings,
the focus of the class are all of the other areas relevant to
professional practice in museums, particularly those domains related
to the larger place of systematic collections in museum practice.
These span a range of topics from donation and purchase to
collections care, research and deaccession. Such matters as the
problem of authenticity and the role of museums in art markets will
be taken up in the context of the practical challenges (and
pleasures) of curatorial work.

Along with practical curatorial skills of wide relevance, the course
will explore issues of common concern not only for museums, but also
for related kinds of archives, including ethnographic sound
archives, archaeological repositories, and folklore collections.

Texts to be used include the second editor of Ambrose and Paine’s
Museum Basics and Price and Price’s Enigma Variations.