28 June – 4 July 2020
Groningen, the Netherlands
From the 28th of June to the 4th of July the Art History, Architecture and Landscape Studies department of the University of Groningen is organizing the Summer School: The Knowledge of the Curator III: Curating Art and Nature.
We are looking for participants from Art History or a related field and would appreciate if you could distribute the information throughout the OSK network, share with students or with others who might be interested. Below are some more details on the Summer School.
In recent years, the multifaceted role of the curator in museums, exhibition spaces and cultural heritage sites have expanded significantly. They have widened their practice into public spaces, where they engage with diverse contexts. Curators are expected to produce innovative scholarship, whilst collaborating with artists and communicating their ideas to the general public.
The particular focus of the summer school will be on the increasing interest in interdisciplinary projects that blur the boundaries between art and nature. How can artistic interventions in the landscape forge meaningful relationships? Can contemporary art serve as an ‘enhancement’ of ecological awareness and local identities? What are the characteristics and challenges of ‘landscape-based’ curating?
Intended for young art historians aiming for a career in academia, museums and cultural institutions, as well as junior professionals in those fields, this course is devoted to the knowledge, expertise, and skills required to meet the challenge of curating art and nature.
The Department of Art History at the University of Groningen offers a unique and innovative summer school program that puts students in direct contact with internationally renowned scholars, artists, and curators. The summer school will take place in a spacious house outside of Groningen, close to the Wadden Sea and Lauwersmeer National Park, where outdoor research, direct artistic engagement with the landscapes, and moving about on foot and by e-bike will enhance our thinking about the relation between art and nature.
A key feature of our summer school – in addition to lectures, presentations, and discussion – is the creation of an experimental exhibition, based on the Groninger landscape in collaboration with contemporary artists. The programme will include a visit to the exhibition Into Nature in Emmen, Robert Smithson’s artwork Broken Circle/Spiral Hill and other excursions. This will enable participants to meet/work with curators and industry professionals (among others, Hans den Hartog Jager and Alice Smits) and artists (including Semâ Bekirović, Linde Ex and De Onkruidenier).