curator

noun
cu·​ra·​tor | \ ˈkyu̇r-ˌā-tər, ˈkyər-; kyu̇-ˈrā-; ˈkyu̇r-ə-, ˈkyər- \

Definition of curator

: one who has the care and superintendence of something especially : one in charge of a museum, zoo, or other place of exhibit

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Other Words from curator

curatorial \ ˌkyu̇r-​ə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl , ˌkyər-​ \ adjective
curatorship \ ˈkyu̇r-​ˌā-​tər-​ˌship , ˈkyər-​ ; kyu̇-​ˈrā-​ ; ˈkyu̇r-​ə-​, ˈkyər-​ \ noun

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In a good-sized art museum, each curator is generally responsible for a single department or collection: European painting, Asian sculpture, Native American art, and so on. Curatorial duties include acquiring new artworks, caring for and repairing objects already owned, discovering frauds and counterfeits, lending artworks to other museums, and mounting exhibitions of everything from Greek sculpture to 20th-century clothing.

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Audubon general curator Joel Hamilton says Jambi’s moving to Dallas this week. Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, "German zoo sends its last orangutan to Louisiana," 10 Sep. 2018 The museum’s curators encouraged a compromise of a 10-foot wide hallway. New York Times, "A Fire Killed 32 at a New Orleans Gay Bar. This Artist Didn’t Forget.," 9 July 2018 The curators here paint Anna Mary Robertson Moses as a modernist, an ardent and strained thesis to be sure. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018 Weems was joined in the performance by Lewis, the producer and writer Tanya Selvaratnam, and the arts curator Damian Woetzel. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "How Do You Measure a Country?," 1 July 2018 The curator of the new Harry Houdini exhibit demonstrates a card trick at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Behind the magic of Harry Houdini at the Jewish Museum of Maryland," 29 June 2018 This event is free and open to the public featuring live musical talent from Purple Heart recipient Lance Pettis, brunch bites from Victory Pie Co. and an exhibit tour by the show’s curator. Houston Chronicle, "ART FEEL: Woodlands Arts Council offers free workshops," 29 June 2018 Taft Museum of Art's Tamera Muente, the installing curator of the show, added 10 works selected from other collections. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "Ansel Adams invented sweeping American landscape photography. How he started will surprise," 21 June 2018 Uniform and equipment display - in the Courage Pavillion curators will allow visitors to touch and even try on genuine and reproduction equipment used by American and German soldiers during World War II. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Honor D-Day at the National WWII Museum, Wednesday (June 6)," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of curator

1561, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for curator

borrowed from Latin cūrātor "one who looks after, superintendent, guardian," from cūrāre "to watch over, attend" + -tor, agent suffix — more at cure entry 2

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curator

noun

English Language Learners Definition of curator

: a person who is in charge of the things in a museum, zoo, etc.

curator

noun
cu·​ra·​tor | \ ˈkyu̇r-ˌā-tər, kyu̇-ˈrā-, ˈkyu̇r-ə-\

Kids Definition of curator

: a person in charge of a museum or zoo

curator

noun
cu·​ra·​tor | \ ˈkyu̇r-ˌā-tər, kyu̇-ˈrā-tər \

Legal Definition of curator

in the civil law of Louisiana : a person appointed by a court to care for the property of an absent person or to care for the person or property of someone mentally incapable of doing so — compare committee, conservator, guardian, interdict, tutor

Other Words from curator

curatorship noun

History and Etymology for curator

Latin, guardian, from curare to take care of

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