Most contemporary art curators of a certain age—those who went to graduate school before curatorial programs became prominent—were trained as art historians. In this short video, we ask Paul Schimmel how he sees his role as a curator as distinct from his role as an historian.

Paul Schimmel: “Simply put, it’s objects. [...] Finally, when you’ve put the history of art away, it really is the objects that speak to you. And I know this. And I know that as I have learned more about what it is I look at, I can understand what artists do without necessarily having to start with the book and then go to the work of art.”

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