Waikato Museum has four curators, and together they curate exhibitions that showcase our collections in the four areas of Art, Social History, Science and Tangata Whenua.
But what does “curate” even mean? What’s involved? The curators are human after all, so how do their individual thoughts shape the display?
For each exhibition, there are a staggering range of topics and threads that could be covered, and decisions are made throughout the exhibition development process that shape the story into its final form.
In this exhibition we are opening up a window into their minds, using annotated notes to demystify the curatorial process, and illuminate their typically unseen craft.
Image: Detail, Tripetal, 1992, bronze, by Elaine Henry (b. 1938). Barry Hopkin’s Art Trust Collection, courtesy of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato.