Episode 153 – Making It in the Art World by Brainard Carey / The Curator Writes Back

The Curator Writes Back

After I sent in that email, I got an email back that said the curator wanted to meet me and my wife and talk about what we had planned. We were extremely excited about this meeting. We knew there would be several people there, the original person we met as well as the main curator we wanted to meet and prob- ably a few assistants. To prepare for the meeting, my wife and I talked about what we wanted to do. However, we were not exactly sure what we wanted to do yet. We knew it would take much more time than we had until the meeting to plan the show. What we did do was to make one image that we would bring to the meeting. It was a very simple image of the doors that led into the space we might use, and it had the name of the museum above those doors. Then, in a very simplistic way, we printed out an image from a movie, I think it was an old classic with Cary Grant, and I physically cut that image to a size that could be pasted over the picture of the door. The effect was that it looked a bit like the image was projected on the doors. This was not done with Photoshop; it was a real cut-and-paste. The image itself didn’t say a lot, but it was the one piece of paper that we brought with us.

The Second Meeting

At the meeting in the museum, we were at a round table with two curators and three assistants. The top curator asked us what it was we were thinking about. We began saying that we wanted to create a space where people walked in and were able to step through the sculptures and the effect would be dreamy. We used a lot of adjectives and talked more about the experience of the viewer and less about what we were doing precisely. We showed our eight-by-ten piece of paper with the picture of the museum doors and the image pasted on top of it. We explained it would feel like walking through an image, or at least through doors with an image on them. The image was passed around, and everyone commented on it, saying that it looked very interesting. Of course the whole idea was still just being formed, so they were reacting to an idea of what it might be, not any images of the art itself. They didn’t see the sculptures we were going to make, and we couldn’t provide many more details.

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