MA Curatorial Practice

MA Curatorial Practice

School of Visual Arts (SVA)

“New Innocence Panel” led by Chus Martinez with (left to right) Emily Segal, Brian Kuan Wood, Aleksandra Wagner, and Kenneth Goldsmith (not pictured), March 10, 2015. Photo: Mohammad Golabi.
May 11, 2015
MA Curatorial Practice

Application deadline: rolling admissions

The School of Visual Arts (SVA)
MA Curatorial Practice
132 West 21st Street, 408-F
New York, NY 10010

T +1 212 592 2421
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Carlos Basualdo, Francesco Bonami, Chus Martinez, Thierry de Duve, Jeffrey Deitch, Matthew Higgs, Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy, Tim Griffin, Saskia Bos, Daniel Kunitz, Gary Garrells, Susan Hapgood, Alvarro Rodriguez Fominaya, Pirkko Siitari, Manon Slome, Regine Basha, Mick Wilson, Sean Kelly, Joshua Decter, David Ross, Ana Paula Cohen, Ruba Katrib, Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, Pablo Helguera, Brett Litman, Charlotte Cohen, Mark Beasley, Brian Kuan Wood… These are among the brilliant international curators, institution directors, artists, art dealers, and theorists who have come to teach and lecture in our remarkable Masters program in Curatorial Practice in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood at the School of Visual Arts.

We have created partnerships with Swiss Institute, Independent Curators International, White Columns, No Longer Empty, Residency Unlimited,, and other institutions, leading directly to exhibitions and publications that our students are adding to their professional CVs. Internships this year are with MoMA, PS1, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Artists Space, The Kitchen, The Walker Arts Center, SALT in Istanbul, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art in Singapore, and other leading museums and art centers. Our gallery space hosts exhibitions, panel discussions, specially commissioned performances, and other events that have brought hundreds of audience members to our beautiful, innovative space designed by renowned architect Charles Renfro of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in association with Leong Leong. There is simply no curating program in the world with the extraordinary range of professional faculty and participants, and the density of leading galleries, museums, and cultural venues that we have to offer. We give our students unprecedented access to leaders in the field from New York and around the world.

The two-year Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Practice (CP) focuses on professional training, grounded in history and theory. The explosive growth of curatorial venues around the world—from museums and Kunsthallen to alternative spaces, art fairs, biennials, cultural centers, and private and corporate collections—offers many opportunities, and what is at the core of our program is giving our students hands-on practical training along with the opportunity to network with professionals from around the world, while providing ample time to meet artists, visit the rich array of cultural venues in New York, and find project work with institutions in the city. CP takes full advantage of New York’s arts institutions and professionals, providing countless prospects for study, personal meetings, mentoring, and professional development. Students attend exhibitions, lectures, and events in the program and around the city every day without having to travel from outside the city. It is all here.

CP faculty work are eminent, highly experienced professionals in significant New York institutions. Building an international network of professional connections complements the rigorous study and training in every aspect of curatorial work. Public exhibitions in New York galleries take place at the end of the first and second years, while students use the CP Projects Space throughout the year to make small, experimental exhibitions to immediately immerse themselves in exhibition-making from the time they arrive in the program. CP partners with leading institutions for ongoing projects, including research, publications, workshops, and events. We have also established an exchange program with the MA in Curating at Goldsmiths College, London, for students interested in spending a period of time in their second year in London.

The curriculum includes case-study seminars, practicums in exhibition-making and other forms of knowledge production and presentation, writing workshops, philosophy and theory seminars, art practice workshops, and engagements with professionals meeting students on a group and individual basis. Students have the enormous resources of SVA, including studios, workshops, galleries, laboratories, and libraries. Our tuition is significantly lower than other curatorial programs to offset scholarships, while we also offered limited departmental awards and work placement at SVA on a competitive basis.

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