The Institute.

The Institute for Curatorial Practice is a 5-week intensive summer program focused on the practice of curation: material, digital, and imaginary. At the Institute for Curatorial Practice students will investigate and implement contemporary modes of curation, combining new media technologies and experimental methods with the direct study of collections in distinguished museums and archives. Our emphasis is on the acquisition of critical, theoretical, historical, and digital design skills, while developing imaginative and conceptual strategies for the exhibition of objects, images, sounds, structures, films, sites, texts, and artifacts.


Students will explore the history of museums and collecting alongside contemporary and experimental directions in curation. We will explore new media platforms and cross-cultural exhibiting, while also offering training in advanced critical skills.

In addition to the collections of the Five College museums and Museums10, we will also investigate area archives and rare book collections. Students will learn the tools of making digital exhibitions, and student teams will produce their own exhibitions as the culmination of the summer program. Students will also receive behind the scenes access to world-renowned museums in the Five College consortium (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst) guided by faculty experts and internationally recognized curators, directors, museum educators, and designers brings the practical and theoretical together.

Our program is fiercely interdisciplinary, and will be of interest to students of art and architectural history, cultural studies, public history, philosophy, and literature, as well as the history of science and technology.

This summer program at Hampshire College and the Five Colleges is one of the only intensive summer opportunities in the U.S. open to graduate, undergraduate, and post-B.A. students. It is a program that introduces traditional museum approaches and intensive object study, while simultaneously investigating the “curatorial imaginary," a cutting-edge and expanding field driven by developments in new media.

2014 Projects.


Student Exhibition Sites: ICP 2014.

September 11th, 2014 0 Comments

During the summer of 2014 students in the ICP worked in teams to curate three distinct digital exhibitions that bring together a wide range of works held by the Five College Museums. Centering around the …

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