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Collect, identify, describe, exhibit: the curatorial cycle and the production of knowledge

Grant number: 17/07366-1
Support type:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: December 01, 2017 - November 30, 2022
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Museology
Principal Investigator:Ana Gonçalves Magalhães
Grantee:Ana Gonçalves Magalhães
Home Institution: Museu de Arte Contemporânea (MAC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Co-Principal Investigators:Ana Carolina de Moura Delfim Maciel ; Carlos Roberto Ferreira Brandão ; Márcia de Almeida Rizzutto ; Paulo César Garcez Marins
Assoc. researchers:Camilo de Mello Vasconcellos ; Helena Carolina Onody ; Helouise Lima Costa ; Jessica Fleury Curado ; Maria Aparecida de Menezes Borrego ; Pedro Herzilio Ottoni Viviani de Campos ; Solange Ferraz de Lima ; Telma Campanha de Carvalho Madio ; Vânia Carneiro de Carvalho
Associated scholarship(s):18/11453-0 - Ants of São Paulo: State of the art and establishment of priority areas for research and conservation actions, BP.PD
17/11221-9 - Modernism in dispute: the Italian presence in public art in São Paulo in the 1950s and 1960s, BP.PD
17/11178-6 - Archaeometric studies of ceramic fragments from Northern Peru, BP.IC


This research project aims at the discussion of metholodogies in the management and handling of museological collections. In this sense, its central study object is what we call the curatorial cycle, which contrary to the notion of curatorship (in the way that nowadays it has been defined by its practice in the field of art) involves a chain of procedures and practices inside museums, from the moment of incorporation of objects to its exhibition. Although such chain has been given certain protocols in the field of museum studies and museology, it conforms to the specificity of the typology of collections and the academic/scientific field from which they are gathered. Taking case studies developed into academic research inside the institutions here engaged, our intention is to discuss the curatorial cycle from a transdisciplinary viewpoint. (AU)