The next 25 years: Propositions for the future of curatorial education

The Next 25 Years: Propositions for the Future of Curatorial Education is the third in a series of recent symposia aiming to gauge the status and prospects for curatorial programs internationally.

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This symposium offers a forum in which colleagues in the art world and in the field of curatorial education can talk frankly about the challenges of working with artists, making exhibitions, and educating curators today.

Day 1 participants review developments in the curatorial field over the last 25 years and assess them in relation to curatorial education, while Day 2 focuses more closely on the content, curricula, and graduates of curatorial programs — with an emphasis on those programs planning radical shifts or operating from emergent contexts or scenes.

This symposium is sparked by increasingly urgent conversations about the difficulty of reflecting the practice of curating in academic structures. It marks the 10-year anniversary of the first graduating cohort of CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, which at the time of its inception in 2003 was the first on the West Coast and one among a handful of programs internationally.

Now it belongs to a seemingly thriving, although often criticized, academic field.

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Keynote presentation by Ulay (Frank Uwe Laysiepen)

Alia Al-Sabi, Mark Beasley, Sarah Brin, Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy, Stefano Collicelli Cagol, Maeve Connolly, María del Carmen Carrión, Reesa Greenberg, Kit Hammonds, Matthew Higgs, Sinead Hogan, Anthony Huberman, Prem Krishnamurthy, Leigh Markopoulos, Mami Kataoka, Vasif Kortun, Kristina Lee Podesva, Salwa Mikdadi, Julian Myers-Szupinska, Estelle Nabeyrat, Nontobeko Ntombela, Kris Paulsen, Aneta Rostkowska, Grace Samboh, Kitty Scott, Ulay (Frank Uwe Laysiepen), and Kuba Woynarowski

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Full Symposium (2 days): $100 (general admission; $50 CCA discount*)
Half-Symposium (1 day): $70 (general admission; $30 CCA discount*)
* Applies to current CCA students, faculty, and Curatorial Practice alumni (valid IDs required)

For additional information, contact Curatorial Practice program manager Carey Lin at, or call 415.551.9239.

About CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice
Founded in 2003, CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice offers an expanded perspective on curating contemporary art and culture. Alongside traditional forms of exhibition making, this two-year master’s degree program emphasizes the momentous impact over the last half-century of artist-led initiatives, public art projects, site-specific commissions, and other experimental endeavors that take place beyond the confines of established venues.

The program is distinguished by an international, interdisciplinary perspective, and it reflects San Francisco’s unique location and cultural history by placing a particular importance on the study of curatorial and artistic practices in Asia and Latin America.

See the program’s website for more information.

The Next 25 Years: Propositions for the Future of Curatorial Education has been organized by the CCA Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, in partnership with the Banff International Curatorial Institute; Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology; École du Magasin, Grenoble; Independent Curators International, New York; and the Royal College of Art, London.

California College of the Arts (CCA – Watis)
Presented by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice
March 14–15, 2015

About Grace Samboh

Believes in unicorn, conviviality and the struggle towards collective subjectivities—even temporarily.
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