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Books for Curators

E. Schlatter
The list author says: "These are books that focus on issues related to curating, specifically art curating. I'll only include books that I've actually read, so the list is growing (slowly). Please send me suggestions if you have any."
Cautionary Tales: Critical Curating
Cautionary Tales: Critical Curating
"This slim collection of essays by contemporary curators offers a variety of viewpoints and subjects, including comparing the careers and long-term influences of Harald Szeemann and Walter Hopps. See especially Andras Szanto's advice for curators garnered from the editorial profession."
Ice Cream: Contemporary Art in Culture
Ice Cream: Contemporary Art in Culture
"This 4th book in the "Cream" series of "hot" artists chosen by "hot" curators includes a very interesting dialogue by the curators, who discuss what curating means today, the role of the market, and other relevant issues."
Museum Legs: Fatigue and Hope in the Face of Art
Museum Legs: Fatigue and Hope in the Face of Art
"Amy Whitaker’s “Museum Legs” is a refreshing, smart, and creative collection of essays regarding museums and visual art, with a focus on how museums and art could be more engaging and relevant to more people. Her approach on the topic, while still grounded in art and museum theory, is highly readable and even at times humorous."
On Curating: Interviews with Ten International Curators
On Curating: Interviews with Ten International Curators
"This is a slim but dense collection of 10 interviews conducted between 2000 and 2008. The focus is on internationalism with an impressive roster. Thea jumps right into issues and ideas, often focusing on a specific complex project, such as Gioni's collaboratively curated 4th Berlin Biennial, or Enwezor's Documenta XI from 2002."
A Brief History of Curating (Documents)
A Brief History of Curating (Documents)
"I struggled to finish this book b/c I'm not familiar w/ 50-60% of the names & institutions mentioned, primarily in Europe,  But the curators highlighted are legendary, and this is an important book for contributing to the history of contemporary art curation, primarily in Europe and the United States."
Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
"This isn't a book about curating per se, but it's an incredibly thorough look at how new technology, especially Web 2.0, is a change agent. I've had several people now recommend the chapter on the amateur-ization on journalism & publishing as it can be an analogy to the future of curators."
Museums Of Tomorrow (Issues in Cultural Theory)
Museums Of Tomorrow (Issues in Cultural Theory)
"This transcript of an online symposium of curators, museum directors, educators, art historians, and artists is surprisingly readable. Maurice Berger, does a great job engendering thoughtful and honest comments. Some topics are all-too-common, but many of the responses are very thoughtful and even critical of one another."
Collecting the New: Museums and Contemporary Art
Collecting the New: Museums and Contemporary Art
"Somewhat disappointing, this book features heavy hitters in the mainly American art museum world. But despite the promising title, the chapters are divided into the same categories that museums have always divided their collections, namely, by media and by cultures."
Curating Immateriality (Data Browser)
Curating Immateriality (Data Browser)
"Okay, I'm going to be honest and just say that I could barely finish this book. Which is not meant to be a criticism of the publication as much as an acknowledgement of my intellectual limitations and lack of deep interest in art on the Internet. At least, I think that's what this book was about."
Art and the Power of Placement
Art and the Power of Placement
"Although I refer to this book often, it both intrigues and frustrates me. Filled with photographs and illustrations, thorough research, and insightful writing about the effect of physical context on artwork, as a previous reader rightly noted, the majority of the photographs lack the most important element of context: viewers."
What Makes a Great Exhibition?
What Makes a Great Exhibition?
"Very readable group of essays about organizing exhibitions. Especially liked Ingrid Schaffner's one about exhibition text."
Words Of Wisdom: A Curator's Vade Mecum
Words Of Wisdom: A Curator's Vade Mecum
"This compendium of short essays offers conflicting advice ["curating is an art form" and "curating is not an art form"] but it's still interesting to read various authors' ideas about what it takes to excel in the field. In her short essay titled "Vade Mecum? I Wonder" Maria Hlavajova wrote, "If Microsoft Word ever recognized the word 'curating' it would make me a little sad." I love that quote."
Seven Days in the Art World
Seven Days in the Art World
"Okay, this book is really just a guilty pleasure. Not especially helpful in the realm of curating but it was enlightening to read behind-the-scenes info about Christie's auction house, the Art Basel art fair, ArtForum, the Tate's Turner Prize Process, and a crit-from hell class at CalArts."
MUSEUM CAREERS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR STUDENTS AND NOVICES
MUSEUM CAREERS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR STUDENTS AND NOVICES
"Confession: I wrote this book. It's a real nuts-and-bolts publication, full of advice, job descriptions, lists of professional associations, tips on draft job applications, how to choose a graduate program, etc. Very straightforward and full of resources. I hope it's helpful!"
Creative Careers in Museums
Creative Careers in Museums
"This book compliments mine in terms of offering a lot more interviews with people in very diverse types of museum positions. There's less about the basics (how to find jobs, fill out applications, learn about salary ranges, etc.) but the stories of how people ended up in their jobs are fascinating."