Why curate art?

Posted on Feb 22, 2003

I like this paragraph from an interview with art critic, curator, teacher and theorist, Dave Hickey.

The simplest way that I can explain it is to say that criticism is a consumer side practice and curating is a supply side practice. The critic is trying to make sense of the art before his or her eyes. Curators present things to people that they might wish to try to make sense of. A critic is trying to say one thing; a curator is trying to create a situation in which a lot of people might see and think and say a lot of different things. Critics try to stabilize; curators, ideally, try to destabilize, to create the possibility of new meanings…

Full interview at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).