The public history job of an art museum curator plays an important role in telling the story of an art exhibition.
According to the website “The Balanace,” Art museum curators are tasked with curating art collections and exhibitions at art museums. The curator is responsible for selecting and organizing the art on display. They need to be knowledgeable in art, culture, art history, and philosophy. They increasingly have to take on the role overseeing administrative tasks such as fundraising, budgeting, and grant writing. They may also be responsible for acquisition and conservation of specific pieces.
The way this job relates to the definition of public history is that the art museum curator is in charge of telling the story. Whether the curator is focusing in one particular artist or if the collection they are presenting is built around a theme, the curator determines the audience, selects the pieces, determines the mode of display; every element is something they need to think of and oversee.
The McNay Art Museum currently has an exhibit called “Stage Frights: Madness, Monsters, Mayhem.” This exhibit features “scene and costume designs for plays, operas, and ballets by writers and composers—from Shakespeare to Lorca to Anne Rice’s adaptations; from Wagner to Stravinsky to Scott Joplin.” The McNay lists 3 employees under “Curatorial Affairs” on their webpage: Head of Curatorial Affairs, Curator of Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, Curator of Prints and Drawings, and Curator of Collections/Sr. Exhibitions Manager. All of these people were likely involved in deciding what story to tell and what pieces were important to display and which were less important.
The Witte Museum will soon open their exhibit called ”Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History,” which promises to display the influences on the layout, economic and cultural development of early San Antonio. They Witte employs a Chief Curator with 5 Curators with different specializations reporting to her.
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