I always perk up when I see the word “vocation” in an unexpected place, and it popped up in the New York Times recently, in a piece about what an art curator does. So if you’ve ever been interested in that question, read on:
How did you decide to become a curator?
I loved art, but early on I realized that I wasn’t very good at making it. But when I took an art history course during my sophomore year at Cornell University, I began to think about how exhibits came together. That prompted me to volunteer at the nearby Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, in its prints and drawings department, where I worked on conserving print materials.