Curating an art show
(Photo Credit: Charles Russo)
I recently read “The Happiness of Pursuit” by Chris Guillebeau. It focuses attention on how to identify and structure a personal quest. What is a quest? According to Guillebeau, ” it is a journey toward something specific, with a number of challenges throughout. Most quests also require a series of logistical steps and some kind of personal growth,” but it is much more that just self-improvement.
Start with Why
When my dad taped his art work onto the walls of his room in 2011, I was intrigued by the way it changed his interactions with others, especially how he had a voice despite dementia taking away his ability to hold conversations. His paintings were a point of departure in building relationships with his caregivers and visitors during a time in his life when dementia was limiting him in so many ways. In 2013, I decided that it would be fitting to frame his art and create a gallery space for him at his assisted living home. He died before I could frame one painting. All his paintings were stored back in a box.
Thanks to the ideas outlined in “The Happiness of Pursuit”, I have taken up the idea again, but instead of just framing and hanging art, I want to curate a show that highlights how art can be a healing force in dealing with tragic life events. I want it to benefit dementia research and/or a group that helps people cope.
How do I start my quest?
Guillebeau sets out 5 criteria for a project to become a quest:
- A quest has a clear goal and a specific end point
- Curate and art show that has a theme relating to the healing nature of creative process and one that benefits dementia research
- A quest presents a clear challenge
- Figure out how to curate a great show in a beautiful space
- Face my self-doubts about my art talents and let me dad’s pursuit of painting beauty inspire me to create art again for the sake of creating
- A quest requires sacrifice of some sort
- The hard work that it takes to create a work of art.
- A quest is often driven by a calling or a sense of mission
- This idea has been in my head for 3 years and it needs to be realized
- Dementia is such a destructive force for indivuduals and their families; I want to do something to help
- A quest requires a series of small steps and incremental progress toward a goal.
- Learn about curation
- Find a theme
- Find a space
- Chose an organization that will benefit
- Set a date
- Make some art
- Put it all together