Are Curators Unprofessional?

Are Curators Unprofessional? is the Banff International Curatorial Institute Symposium, taking place November 12th to 14th in Alberta, Canada.

A schedule is online [PDF]. Participants include Bruce Ferguson, Tom McDonough, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Ann Demeester, Pier Luigi Tazzi, Dieter Roelstraete, Ute Meta Bauer, and Philip Monk.

On the agenda for the panel “The Catalogue is Out!”:

Speakers will scrutinize the emergence of curatorial writing as a genre and question its unique position and function in relation to art criticism and art history. What is the function of the exhibition catalogue? How does it mediate between the work of art and the world? Is curatorial writing the lowest genre of art writing? What is the difference between criticism, curatorial writing and art history?

Nancy Tousley published a lengthy review at Canadian Art; also Ginger Scott and Amy Fung.