Over the past decade, museums and visual arts venues have been increasingly exhibiting, presenting and acquiring for their collections dance works, performance and live art as well as theatrical works, and filling staff positions to manage these processes. This major development in artistic and curatorial practices creates new theoretical and practical challenges for curators and archivists, as well as for artists and art theorists, scholars and researchers, journalists and critics.
The Department of Performance Studies at NYU Tisch School of the Arts is well positioned to play a central role in education around curating performance. In keeping with our own emphasis on curatorial and archival instruction within our MA program, and drawing expertise from other NYU departments and curators in New York City art institutions, our department seeks to develop new approaches to teaching performance curation and promote trans-disciplinary exchanges to meet the rapidly changing practical, critical and theoretical challenges associated with this work. Given our situation in New York City, the expertise of our own faculty, and the experience many of our students bring to this topic, Performance Studies has been holding a yearly daylong symposium on curating performance to help define areas of focus, and develop future curricula and curatorial practices in this exciting new field.