Professional Practices of Art Museum Curators, Dominique Macriz - Coggle…
Professional Practices of Art Museum Curators
Curators must recognize that they
hold positions of trust and should act with uncompromising integrity.
Although curators have many duties and responsibilities, their primary value to
the museum lies in their specific expertise.
Curators are art historians engaged
in scholarship with a special emphasis on physical objects.
This scholar activity enhances curators´understanding of the works in their care, and redounds to the credit of their museum.
Related to the collection
Related to exhibitions
Curators work with other professionals both within and outside the museum, including registrars, conservators, educators, designers, development staff, financial officers, editors, publicists, art handlers, archivists, and security staff.
To uphold the integrity of the exhibition, the curator in charge should be actively involved in all aspects of its organization.
In most museums, curators are responsible for a collection, or areas of a collection, related to their scholarship and expertise; for that reason, ensuring curators’ professional development through scholarly research is essential to enriching public understanding and enjoyment of the collection and to bringing distinction to the museum.
Reuse of existing texts.
Free exchange of information.
Appropriate acknowledgement of scholarly work.
The Curator’s Role and Relationship to Particular Constituencies
the director and other museum administrators
trustees and patrons
other museum relationships
Curators have a responsibility to mentor the staff in the appreciation of works of art, their care, the importance of providing public access, and the museum’s overall mission.
professional and academic contacts
the work of art
Potential Conflicts of Interest
Relations with dealers, auction houses, private collectors, and living artists
External professional commitments, employment, and public statements
Loans to museum
Sales to museum