Namita Gupta Wiggers and The Art of Curation
OPB's Oregon Art Beat profiles the curatorial practice of MoCC Director and Chief Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers
Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat visited Museum of Contemporary Craft earlier this year to interview Director and Chief Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers about the art and practice of curation.
As OPB learned, “It’s a job that entails scholarly work, hands-on exploration, creating exhibits and more.” Oregon Art Beat followed Wiggers through her process, and discovered the art of being a curator. The film crew interviewed Wiggers in the galleries of the Hallie Ford Fellow’s Show, We Tell Each Other Stories in Order to Live, and joined her as she researched and explored the buried oeuvre of Oregon ceramist Betty Feves.
In the words of Namita Gupta Wiggers, “I don’t think I’m ever not being a curator. And I think that’s because of the way I approach curating. For me, curating means asking questions of the world everywhere you go.”
She continues, “I’m always looking around to see if there’s an idea, something that can be turned into a physical exhibition that asks questions, that helps other people ask questions about the world around them. The museum’s like a library. You get to borrow experience and you get to borrow time with things you might not get to live with. To create a space where people can do that, that’s really exciting to me.”
The Art of Curation on Oregon Art Beat
Featuring, among others, Namita Gupta Wiggers, Director and Chief Curator of Museum of Contemporary Craft, Kat Perez, Exhibition Coordinator, and Damara Bartlett, Curatorial Assistant.
Video production by Oregon Art Beat, Oregon Public Broadcasting, April 03, 2013.
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