des beaux arts

An article in Studio magazine about the off-beat head curator of the National Gallery of Canada inspired a neat analogy.

world-class fine arts curator:

are guardians of culture
are care takers of an institution
must exercise judiciousness
speak for broader groups of people
have finite resources
are pressed for time
work hard for respect among peers
and their publics
make judgements about the relative importance of pieces

In this spirit, communicators are very much the curators of news. In judging, selecting, and assembling, we are creating galleries of information that reflect our interpretations of culture.  In what other ways is communication an art rather than a science?

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