The Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) class partnered with Jenny Carson, the chair of the Art History, Theory, and Criticism department at MICA, and The Walters Art Museum to create parallel shows centered on William Henry Rinehart and the notions of authorship in the fine arts world. Carson’s show at The Walter discussed Rinehart’s studio practice in Baltimore and his use of studio assistants – a common practice throughout history that contradicts the popular notion of the lone artist working directly on a block of marble. HAND/MADE, the EDS show exhibited in Decker Gallery, addressed the contemporary side of authorship.
The Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) is a year-long course, in which the students mount a major exhibition in Baltimore. It is an integral part of the Curatorial Studies Concentration at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and was founded in 1997 by MICA’s Curator-in-Residence, George Ciscle, now the director of the MFA in Curatorial Practice program. To simulate the structure of institutional practices, the EDS students are broken into smaller teams that handle different aspects of the production of creating an exhibition. These teams are Curatorial, Communications, Graphic Design, Exhibition Design, Education, and the Project Coordinators. While the class is taught by Jeffry Cudlin, the program is student-run and driven largely by consensus-based decision making. Each student has equal input and involvement in how the exhibition is formed, and every step of the process is handled by the students.Collaboration and communication between the teams is vital to the success of the project. Work is done individually by the groups, and then is presented and discussed with the rest of the class during the weekly meetings. Each group takes on different aspects of the exhibition’s planning and development, but all work together to create a cohesive show.