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The New York University Curatorial Collaborative

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The New York University Curatorial Collaborative began in 2014, a student-led initiative designed to bring graduate students in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts into contact with undergraduate students in Steinhardt School’s Department of Art and Art Professions. Now in its second year, it is hard to imagine that this collaboration hasn’t always been in place. Last year’s initiative produced a series of six terrific art exhibitions that reflected the partnership between ten curators and twenty artists. What emerged was a laboratory that in many ways reflects our contemporary cultural situation—art making, art criticism, curating, and art history got mobilized into new combinations.

All of this happened as it should, the students working it out by themselves while the teachers and administrators played a secondary, supportive role. To make work in this context rather than in the framework of a class is to assume a risk, a liberating responsibility. Students become practitioners engaged in an adventure of work and thought. I am full of expectation as to what this year’s collaboration will bring. I am excited to hear talk about expanding the program in new directions. Exploring new forms of knowledge and creativity is at the core of NYU’s mission. Here is a model of how that can work.

Alexander Nagel
Deputy Director for Academic Affairs
Director of Graduate Studies
Professor of Fine Arts

Institute of Fine Arts
New York University