Worth reading: Amanda Cachia’s essay “Disability, Curating, and the Educational Turn: The Contemporary Condition of Access in the Museum.” published by On Curating, Issue 24, December 2014.
“The “educational turn” has successfully theorized how curators are now more and more embroiled in implementing educational strategies as part of their work in museums, departing from their more traditional and material orientations to objects. This turn might controversially suggest that those who work in the public programs and education departments of museums must, too, be considered as curators. Certainly, many museums are recognizing that it is beneficial to combine and merge the two roles of curator and educator (…). If museums foresee how curators are playing a more critical role in working with their publics, rather than with objects, and if educators, too, are always already doing this kind of work, how can curators and educators work together to create meaningful and accessible experiences about disability in museums that serve a wide range of audiences? What work is currently being done and what kind of work still needs to be addressed?”
Image: Pablo Helguera. Libreria Donceles (Bookstore Donceles), Installation view, Kent Gallery, 2013. Courtesy: Kent Gallery, New York.