The Curator's Handbook

The Curator's Handbook : Museums, Commercial Galleries, Independent Spaces

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The Curator's Handbook is the essential practical handbook for curators and curatorial students, mapping out every stage of the exhibition-making process from initial idea to final installation. In his introduction, Adrian George traces the history of curating back to its origins in the 17th century and outlines the multifarious roles of the curator today, including as custodian, interpreter, educator, facilitator and organizer. Twelve chapters then chart the various stages of the exhibition process in invaluable detail and clear, informative language - from initial concept to writing contracts and loan requests, putting together budgets and schedules, producing exhibition catalogues and interpretation materials, designing gallery spaces, working with artists, lenders and art handlers, organizing private views, and documenting and evaluating a show. A distinguished cast of international museum directors and curators offer advice and tips.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 334 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 25.4mm | 620g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0500239282
  • 9780500239285
  • 35,611

Table of contents

Introduction * 1. Starting Off * 2. From Idea to Reality * 3. Pitching * 4. Budgets and Fundraising * 5. Negotiating * 6. Exhibition Publications & Merchandise * 7. Putting a Show Together * 8. The Weeks Before the Opening * 9. Installation * 10. The Days before Opening and the Opening Day * 11. The Press Opening and Private View * 12. During - and after - the exhibition
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'A thorough and authoritative guide that will fulfill the needs of even the most demanding reader' -
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About Adrian George

Adrian George is Deputy Director and Senior Curator at the UK Government Art Collection in London. A graduate of the Royal College of Art MA in Curatorial Practice, he has held curatorial posts
at Tate Liverpool, Tate Modern, London, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.
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