Museums Special Section – The New Generation of Museum Curators –

Museums Special Section – The New Generation of Museum Curators –

An interesting piece in the special Museums section in the NYT on young curators:

“Museums are safe harbors in this difficult economic time,” said Glenn D. Lowry, director of the MoMA, who said that Mr. Roy was one of a growing number of curators at MoMA in their 30s and early 40s. “Previously you were in your late 40s or 50s before becoming a senior curator, but all that’s changed,” he added. “These curators look at things more broadly. This is a generation who grew up entirely in the digital world and they are untroubled by distinctions of media.”

It is also a group plugged in to all areas of museum life. They don’t simply organize exhibitions, they also have a hand in fund-raising and public relations, catalog production and installation. “The old-fashioned notion of a curator was that of a connoisseur who made discoveries and attributions,” said Scott Rothkopf, 33, who is the latest full-time curator to join the Whitney Museum of American Art’s team. “A lot of that work has already been done. The younger generation is trained to think differently, to think more about ideas.”.

(h/t Lisa Baskin)

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Paul Romaine is a grant writer and independent curator in New York City.

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