Why do contemporary art curators define their work as ethnography? How can curation illuminate the practice of contemporary anthropology? Does anthropology risk disappearing as a specific discipline within the general model of the curatorial? The Anthropologist as Curator collects together the research of international scholars working at the intersection of anthropology and contemporary art in order to explore these questions. The essays in the book challenge what it means to do ethnographic work, as well as the very definition of the discipline of anthropology in confrontation with the model of the curatorial. The contributors examine these ideas from a variety of angles, and the book includes perspectives from anthropologists who have set up their own exhibitions; those who have conducted fieldwork on the arts, including participatory practices, digital images and sound; and contributors who are currently working in a curatorial capacity at a museum.With case studies from the USA, Canada, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, India and Japan, the book represents an international perspective and is relevant to students and scholars of anthropology, contemporary art, museum studies, curatorial studies and heritage studies.

chapter 2|17 pages

Curatorial designs: Act II

ByTarek Elhaik, George Marcus

chapter 3|23 pages

The recursivity of the curatorial

ByJonas Tinius, Sharon Macdonald

chapter 6|17 pages

Ethnographic Terminalia: co-curation and the role of the anecdote in practice

The Ethnographic Terminalia Collective (Members of the collective and authors of this chapter in reverse alphabetical order)
ByStephanie Takaragawa, Trudi Lynn Smith, Fiona P. McDonald, Kate Hennessy, Craig Campbell

chapter 9|25 pages

Curating the intermural: graffiti in the museum 2008—18

ByRafael Schacter

chapter 11|16 pages

Between automation and agency: curatorial challenges in new terrains of digital/visual research

ByEva Theunissen, Paolo S. H. Favero

chapter 12|16 pages

Anthropological sound curation: from listening to curating

ByNoel Lobley