MSL2000H Curatorial Practice

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The classic tasks of curators focus on advancing cultural, artistic, historical, and scientific understanding, and then making it accessible to scholars and to the public through exhibits and other media, typically in a collections-centred environment. Hand-in-hand with this work, curators enhance museum collections, most notably by choosing items to acquire and selecting materials to deaccession. They also contribute their expertise in the wider operations of museums and galleries, typically at a senior level. Beyond these long-standing functions, curators serve as facilitators for other people to study museum resources and communicate their findings to the public. Building on themes introduced in "Introduction to Museology and Public History" of central importance to these endeavours, "Curatorial Practice" explores those functions and related topics, both at a theoretical level and as they play out in today's contested museum and gallery worlds.