Today’s art scenario is leaps and bounds better than it was even 10 years ago. Independent art curators are coming up with excellent exhibitions, bringing budding bright talent to the forefront. An art curator’s job is much like that of a movie director’s. They are supposed to bring out the best artworks together under one roof and showcase them in an ethereal appeal to visitors. An art show curated by independent curators shows the range of interest the curator has. Here are some tips to give an exceptional presentation at an art show.
See the expo before your eyes. Write a well crafter mission statement. What is it that you want showcased at the show: a theme based art expo, something depicting relevant topics or something that ties together people and expressions from different cultures? For most curators, this is the most exciting and fun part of the curation process. However, it does not mean that it is easy, it simply means that it is interesting. A lot of research needs to be put into the artists. The curator must know if the artists make new works often, and more importantly, if they are displaying a piece exhibited elsewhere. The curator must also know whether the artists are local or from other cities or countries and if so, arrange for their accommodation, travel, and other expenses.
The curator must draw up floor plans and first create a virtual rendering of the art expo. The model should contain exactly how many artworks can be accommodated on each floor, whose artwork goes where and what lighting should be used with what painting. After all that is done, a suitable venue has to be chosen that fits the curator’s mental description of the art expo.
An art expo isn’t just a hobby or a timepass activity. It takes a lot of money and effort into creating a good presentable art expo, it is a well established business. So it will be of no surprise when the curator thinks twice before bringing a rather controversial piece of art to the expo, because the money comes from the audience. So the curator must know the pulse of the people, what makes them tick, what the general interests of the people are.
Having a good rapport over the local as well as the English language is a necessity for a curator because publishing a well crafted catalog is an important aspect of running an art show. A catalog is also a documentation of the show and hence can be used as a promotional tool for future projects. However, in countries where censorship is a major issue, it is important to check all the legalities and laws related to freedom of expression because it can lead to ethical conundrums.