In this four-part seminar, discover the inner-workings of museums and learn to curate a personal collection of your own.
Museums tell deliberate stories. The decisions that shape those stories—who tells them, what’s exhibited, and what’s omitted—often unfold outside of the purview of museum-goers. But what if we could bring museum-making into our own homes and worlds, learning about curation through practice, creating exhibitions from the raw material of our daily lives?
Join Alexis Hyde, former curator and Director of the Museum of Broken Relationships in Los Angeles, to explore what museums and collections really are, how they take shape, and how to responsibly curate one of your own. Alexis will guide you through the process of creating a mini-museum or collection of your own, which you’ll have the chance to share at the end of class. Over the course of four weeks, you’ll not only become a more engaged museum-goer, but also a better docent of your lived experience and the world around you, incorporating museum systems and philosophies into your own life.
Syllabus at a Glance
This course includes four total sessions, each lasting for 1.5 hours on four consecutive weekdays.
Spring Session C: Meets Tuesdays starting June 28.
Session 1: (Tuesday, 6/28, 7:30–9:00 PM ET): What is a museum?
Session 2: (Tuesday, 7/5, 7:30–9:00 PM ET): How do I start?
Session 3: (Tuesday, 7/12, 7:30–9:00 PM ET): How do I curate?
Session 4: (Tuesday, 7/19, 7:30–9:00 PM ET): Show and tell
Outside of class, students will be given readings and small assignments related to creating a mini museum of their own.
In addition to full-price tickets, a limited number of no-pay spots are available for this course. Please note that these tickets are reserved for those who would not otherwise be able to take this course and who expect to attend all sessions. No-pay spots are distributed via a randomized drawing two weeks before each course begins. For more information and to apply for a no-pay spot, please click here. To learn more about our pricing model and randomized selection process for no-pay spots, please visit our FAQ page.
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Alexis Hyde sweats art, willingly, and it’s not always pretty. She is passionately driven to learn about, write about and spreading the appreciation of art. Hyde lives in LA and wages her very breath on discovering the best of the finer arts in her fair and far-flung city. She is currently working as an art advisor/dealer/consultant/podcast host/whathaveyou, but you may have seen her most recently as the Director of the Museum of Broken Relationships LA, Co-Curator of soft. core. la. or cohost of Hyde or Practise.
This is an interactive, small-group seminar that meets over Zoom. Students may be encouraged to participate in discussions, work on assignments outside of class, and workshop projects with their instructor or classmates. Due to the interactive nature of this course, we strongly recommend students attend as many live sessions as possible. Within 72 hours after each session meets, students will receive access to a recording of the live session, which they can watch for up to two weeks after the course concludes.
Instructors may use Google Classroom to communicate with students outside of class. While students aren’t required to use Google Classroom, instructors may use this platform to post resources, discussion questions, or assignments. This platform also offers a space for students to connect with one another about course material between sessions.
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There are 22 spots available on this experience.
This course is designed for those 18 and older.