Knot 2

Writing History: Curatorial Practice and the Art Historical Argument

Taking Leap Before You Look as a starting place, curators Helen Molesworth and Anne Ellegood discuss curating historical exhibitions so that the exhibition itself unfolds as an essay in space, ultimately making a specific art historical argument. Take a look behind the scenes as Molesworth and Ellegood unpack curatorial methods and the role of the curator in writing history. 

Helen Molesworth, chief curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, is the curator of Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957. Hammer senior curator Anne Ellegood organized the Hammer’s presentation of the exhibition.

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Location: Billy Wilder Theater
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All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA. 

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members. 

The Hammer’s digital presentation of its public programs is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.

Support for programming related to Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 is provided by Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Barbara Timmer.