“There are no words to describe the insight I have gained while participating in the AK Teens: Future Curators program. Every week we have met different members of the Albright-Knox staff and have discussed what their jobs involve; we even received tours of the museum from staff members. My personal favorite is the first tour we received of the Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape exhibition.
This tour showed us the stories behind his work and really got our minds thinking about how the AK put all of the pieces together to create an exhibition. Kiefer, we learned, grew up in post-war Germany, and his childhood memories often influenced his work. This tour gave all of us the opportunity to discuss themes and ideas behind the works, and how they come together to form an exhibition. The tours and speakers we have heard while in this program have been incredibly interesting and, as an art person, truly unforgettable. The moment that I took the time to look at my surroundings, I got a rush of excitement as I realized that everything was so carefully thought out.
We learned during the Kiefer tour that the average person looks at a piece of artwork for three seconds and spends a lot more time reading the label. This really opened my eyes to the need to dig deeper and establish connections. The time we took as a group to walk about the exhibition was exhilarating. I was constantly thinking, “What else are we going to learn?” The program here at the Albright-Knox is truly one of a kind and the experience and knowledge that I will gain will honestly be one of the most memorable moments of my life.
This first tour is what got me hooked on wanting to learn more and see more. Anselm Kiefer is an artist who makes sure each detail has a meaning and a voice. The most amazing part of this tour was that it always made me think about what everything means and how we relate to art as people, and artists.”
–Kari Karsten, Niagara-Wheatfield High School
AK Teens: Future Curators is a weekly after-school program designed to give local high school students in grades eleven and twelve the opportunity to learn the behind-the-scenes work of a museum curator and the tasks required to create a museum exhibition. The students then use what they have learned to curate their own exhibition featuring the work of area high school artists.
The 2014 AK Teens: Future Curators team is made up of twenty-one dynamic artists, art historians, actors, writers, and entrepreneurs. Five Future Curators have volunteered to share a reflection of their experience at various stages throughout the program. This week’s topic focuses on a Future Curator’s favorite gallery tour.
Stay tuned for more student reflections as the Future Curators begin to design their own exhibition.
AK Teens is presented by First Niagara.