Curating Inside Out

The details
Art History and Theory
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
13 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA V35612 Curating,
MA V356PP Curating with Professional Placement

Module description

This series of lectures and seminars focuses on the museum and its changing modes of display. It charts the history of the public museum from the middle of the eighteenth century to the present. We will explore classic types of museums and their respective display rhetorics. The broader, underlying questions concern narrative and memory. What stories does the museum tell, what does it remember and how?

We are used to being presented with a history of art history when we go to the art museum. But rarely do we pay attention to the rhetoric of that narrative or to the political ends it may serve. In addition to looking at the art museum, the series will also consider the representation of nature and other cultures and of larger and different histories such as emigration, war, slavery or the holocaust. How well is the museum equipped to present these? And how does it do that? And finally we will ask: what is the museum's future in the virtual age?

Module aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

No information available.

Module information

You will be expected to attend all seminars having read ALL the titles in 'seminar reading' on the above lists. It is also expected that you will have read around the subject by looking at other related material. You should come to seminars prepared to speak about the reading and engage in discussion. It may help to make notes beforehand about questions you have, or ideas you wish to discuss.

It is essential that you be prepared to describe and discuss at least one example of your own choosing that relates to the specific subject of each seminar.

The readings listed here as 'seminar reading' can all be found on Moodle. They will be uploaded well in advance of the seminar. You may also be asked to prepare texts other than the ones listed under 'seminar reading'. If that occurs your class teacher will alert you to additional reading well in advance of the seminar.

Learning and teaching methods

1 x 2 hour seminar each week


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework 4000 word essay 21/04/2020

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Gavin Grindon
Wendy Williams, Senior Student Services Administrator, Room 6.130,, tel. 2705.



External examiner

Dr H Camilla Smith
University of Birmingham
Lecturer in Art History
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Art History and Theory

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