A few weeks ago I attended an art exhibit opening at the Huret and Spector Gallery. The twist? I curated the exhibit. That’s right, fashionista girl is also a lover, and now curator, of art.
One of my classes last semester was a discovery of contemporary art, and the goal of the class was to create an exhibit that expressed the sentiment of art today. We visited artist’s studios at Mass Art, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and BU and selected artists and works to be in the show. Then we arranged and designed the installation of the pieces into the gallery.
I have always been an art lover and have done extensive study on the history of our cultural patrimony. But I’ve never experienced the real-world side of art in this way. Parallel to this project I was interviewing artists around my beloved South End for an article I was writing. This allowed me to spend long periods of time with artists, curators, and gallery owners and watch them work. Seeing the logistics side of the art world brought a whole new perspective to my view of the subject.
The best part of this was seeing it all come together at the opening. After months of looking at the images, rearranging the names and photos on pages and floor plans, it was incredible to see it all hung on the walls just the way we had sketched out.
Congratulations to all of the incredible artists who showed their work!
The exhibit is on view at the Emerson College Huret and Spector Gallery until February 28th.
Photos by Jamie Kaplan.