GC’s Art History Program Ranked Second Among Curators with Doctoral Degrees

A survey of 100 U.S. museum curators who specialize in contemporary art found that among those with doctoral degrees, The Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program in Art History tied for second place as most popular.
The GC program shared the ranking with Columbia University and the University of Delaware. The most popular program was the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, according to Artnet, which surveyed curators at 69 fine art museums in 32 states.
While a Ph.D. isn’t necessary to become a curator, studying art history provides training in key skills such as critical thinking and writing, the article noted. Many curators stressed the importance of attending a program that admits students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and interests.
“You could learn almost as much from your fellow students as from the professors,” Catharina Manchanda (Ph.D. ’05, Art History,), who is currently the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Seattle Art Museum, told Artnet.
Manchanda’s dissertation focused on the role of photography in German art of the 1960s and 1970s. While completing her studies at the GC, she was a curatorial assistant at the Museum of Modern Art, where she worked on a Gerhard Richter retrospective.


Submitted on: APR 3, 2018

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