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
There are four total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for 1.5 hours on four consecutive Tuesdays.
Section A: Meets Tuesdays beginning May 11
Session 1: (Tuesday, 5/11, 7:30–9:00 PM ET): What is a museum?
Session 2: (Tuesday, 5/18, 7:30–9:00 PM ET): How do I start?
Session 3: (Tuesday, 5/25, 7:30–9:00 PM ET): How do I curate?
Session 4: (Tuesday, 6/1, 7:30–9:00 PM ET): Show and tell
Section B: Meets Tuesdays beginning June 15
Session 1: (Tuesday, 6/15, 7:30–9:00 PM ET): What is a museum?
Session 2: (Tuesday, 6/22, 7:30–9:00 PM ET): How do I start?
Session 3: (Tuesday, 6/29, 7:30–9:00 PM ET): How do I curate?
Session 4: (Tuesday, 7/6, 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.
If you are unable to pay the ticket price for this course, a limited number of no-pay spots are available to increase accessibility for all students, regardless of economic situation. Please note that this option is first-come, first-served, and reserved for those who would not otherwise be able to take this course. To learn more about our approach to pricing, including no-pay options, please visit our FAQ page.
Atlas Obscura Online Courses
Our online courses offer opportunities for participants to emerge with new skills, knowledge, connections, and perspectives through multi-session classes designed and taught by expert instructors. Courses can take one of two forms: Seminars are intimate, interactive classes—capped at nine to 25 students—exploring topics and crafts through discussion, workshops, assignments, and in-class activities. We also offer lecture series that can be attended live, or viewed via a recording that will be shared within 72 hours after each session airs. Class recordings for lecture series will be available with a temporary password for up to two weeks following the final session of the course.
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Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite that will provide access to each class meeting. Please save the confirmation email as you’ll use it to access your course via Zoom on each scheduled date and time.
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-style course that meets over Zoom. Students may be invited to participate in discussions, workshop their projects, and receive feedback from the course instructor.
In most cases, instructors will use Google Classroom to communicate with students outside of class. While students aren’t required to use Google Classroom, instructors will be using this platform to post resources, discussion questions, and assignments, when applicable.
We provide closed captioning for all of our courses, as well as transcripts upon request. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, requests, or access needs.
There are 20 spots available on this experience.
This course is designed for those 18 and older.