“I provide a context for the work that’s shown, through thematic structures, through formal structures, etc.”
__ Paul Couillard, Artist and Curator
After reading many interviews with curators describing how they approach producing an exhibition and hearing one curator speak about the act of curating, I began to question how much of the curator’s own voice is reflected in an exhibition especially in the context of displaying the works of multiple artists. Aside from institutional mandates and the artists being consulted about context (perhaps), it seems that a curator has a considerable amount of control concerning the overall point of view in which artworks are displayed. As we all know context is vital when more than one part is brought together in the creation of a whole, not to mention the content of each piece in an exhibition. In curatorial practice context and content are important considerations throughout every step of generating an art exhibition. Practice and discipline come into play in order for a curator to withhold his or her personal voice or to add it as another, oftentimes unknown to the public, element of an exhibition. But are they always successful?
“Define your own identity. Don’t confuse your desire to be on everybody’s mind with the desire of what moves you deep down.”
__Jean-Christophe Ammann, Author, Art Historian, and Curator, “Some Suggestions for Beginning Curators”, Words of Wisdom: A Vade Mecum on Contemporary Art.