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In order to interpret objects for public consumption, the method of collaboration is extremely necessary in the research process of curating a museum exhibit. The collaboration with professionals from various fields and studies aids curators in deciding which works should be displayed. The research topic, whether it be the maternal bonds in Madonna pieces, intimacy in Larry Fink’s Social Graces, how contemporary Mexican artwork as a form of protest, or the transition after abuse, all require inclusivity, access, and sensitivity as they are interlocking aspects in a curator’s investigation and exploration. As seen through the curatorial interns of Binghamton University Art Museum’s projects, the methodology of curators is motivated by a goal of displaying diverse stories to a diverse audience and building on a museum’s idea of not only collecting and preserving but furthermore interpreting and displaying significant works.



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The Collaborative Research Process of Curating a Museum Exhibit