Students from the MFA in Curatorial Practice at Maryland Institute of Art (MICA) in Baltimore will present a lightning round of exhibition reports and innovative proposals for Imaginary Museums. These reports and proposals will consider the politics and aesthetics of collecting, classification, and display, and consider how exhibitions can entertain, instruct, alter perception, and keep pace with culture–especially as museums consider virtual space, online exhibitions, and online audiences.
These diverse student presenters represent the next generation of curators who aim to change museums and exhibitions by testing new and inspiring approaches. These curators are tech savvy; they are developing new and hybrid genres of exhibitions for new audiences.The curriculum of the Curatorial Practice MFA at (MICA) centers on interdisciplinary curatorial projects that engage community. Graduate students pursue curatorial practice as an artistic, social, educational, and critical pursuit that emphasizes the creation of transformative exhibitions and a purposeful synergy between artist and audience. Student team projects have included a collaboration with Baltimore faith-based institutions to establish artist residencies, public programming, and youth programming, and an awards exhibition celebrating the creative energy of emerging and established Baltimore dancers, musicians, writers, and visual artists.