Joe Scinta ’20 (pictured above, far left) is learning the behind-the-scenes business of the art gallery world. He has been working as a Future Curator for the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo this school year. The Future Curators program trains teenagers in the field of art gallery curation. According to the Albright Knox website, “this creative team of young aspiring art professionals has been learning what goes on the behind the scenes at the Albright-Knox. The Future Curators program allows students to use the museum’s collection and current exhibitions to begin thinking about art from the mindset of a curator.”
Along with 19 other students from grades 11 and 12 at schools from around Buffalo, Joe has worked every Thursday afternoon since January to present the team’s exhibition: “Somewhere Behind, Somewhere Ahead.” In the exhibition, the artists reflect on movement, change in surroundings, evolution of ideas, and conflicts we experience.
Through this program Joe has learned from museum staff, from those who transport the art to those who do the measuring, and even the public relations team. The Future Curators were given a budget, from their sponsor KeyBank, and from that budget they had to allot funds for entertainment and food for the two opening nights. In planning the exhibition itself, from 600 entries – paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography – the Future Curators narrowed the exhibition down to 50 pieces of art that best fit the theme of “movement.”
"The Future Curators program has definitely expanded my horizons and broadened my appreciation for the entire curation process," says Joe. "I met some pretty fun people through it too, including the artists. I hope I’ve done justice to their art. I would encourage any other student who is interested in art to consider applying for the program next year.”
To follow the Future Curators as they organize their exhibition, check out the Albright Knox on Instagram (@albrightknox) on Fridays for #FutureCuratorsFridays.
Photo courtesy Albright Knox Art Gallery.