Curator

The career that I focused on in my in informational interview was the field of museum curating. I interviewed my professor Spencer Crew who has an impressive background on curating museums. He has worked in one of the most popular Smithsonian’s that is located in the D.C. area. The National Museum of American History is where he worked for over 20 years in this job field of museum work. He did many different tasks in this museum and it shows the diversity of the field of curating and the many different jobs that one has to take on when creating an exhibit for the public.

Through the interview, I learned many different facts and important qualities that one has to have to be in the field. I think that it is interesting how one can get personal with the exhibit. Crew curated the exhibit “Field to Factory” that was located in the NMAH from 1987 to 2006. He explained to me that he was able to add personal touches to the museum such as the mannequins that were modeled after his daughter and wife. It was interesting to hear that he had personal connections to the exhibit.

As explained in the interview, there are two ways to get into the field of curating/museum work and that is either working from the bottom to the top in the museum or just plain luck. Sometimes it seems like one just needs to be in the rights place or time in order to break into the career of a curator. There is also that tactic of working your way to the top to be able to earn your position as a curator.

It is important to understand when going into the field of curating that you need to go into the career path with an open mind and understand that you may not start in such a big museum as the NMAH or a Smithsonian. Sometimes that can happen to someone who has the right credentials but be open to possibility of a smaller museum.

I learned a lot about this career and I learned that this job can be related to small museums to even the biggest museums in the world. It is just important to understand the amount of work and time that goes into creating the exhibits.

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