curator

noun
cu·​ra·​tor | \ ˈkyu̇r-ˌā-tər How to pronounce curator (audio) , ˈkyər-; kyu̇-ˈrā-; ˈkyu̇r-ə-, ˈkyər- How to pronounce curator (audio) \

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 How to pronounce curatorial (audio) , ˌkyər-​ \ adjective
curatorship \ ˈkyu̇r-​ˌā-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce curatorship (audio) , 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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Last year, curators at the American Museum of Natural History, as well as more than 200 scientists, expressed their concern about the presence of Rebekah Mercer, an influential donor to groups that deny climate science, on its board. Alex Marshall, New York Times, "Should Oil Money Fund the Arts? Leading British Artists Say No," 5 July 2019 This year, the curators at Versailles commissioned five artists, all of them photographers, to make new works responding specifically to the palace, its grounds, and its history. Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, "A Photographer’s Ode to the Women of Versailles," 20 June 2019 Guest speaker will be Travis Vineyard, animal curator at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo since 2000. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Fairview Fleafest to set up shop on June 8: A Place in the Sun," 4 June 2019 Her activities at Antiques included working with publishers on books produced by Antiques editors and working with curators at Williamsburg, Shelburne, Winterthur, and the Henry Ford Museum on special issues and forums. courant.com, "Barbara Snow DELANEY," 10 June 2018 Black, and Ryan Myers-Johnson, who is the executive director and curator behind the Sidewalk Detroit festival. Ryan Patrick Hooper, Detroit Free Press, "Cranbrook's sprawling, ambitious 'Landlord Colors' exhibit connects Detroit to the world," 20 June 2019 The show originated at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, where Benedetti is assistant curator. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Crystal Bridges exhibit ‘Men of Steel, Women of Wonder’ lands in San Antonio," 19 June 2019 Two staff positions have already been endowed — curator and librarian — and at least one more, the head of educational programs, is on the way; the college may also seek to endow the position of public health director. Stephan Salisbury, https://www.inquirer.com, "Mutter Museum launching $25 million expansion drive," 5 June 2019 Newman is director/curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College; Cote is senior coordinator at Jerald Melberg Gallery. Grace Cote, charlotteobserver, "Here’s what’s coming up in Charlotte’s visual arts," 4 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce curator (audio) , 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 How to pronounce curator (audio) \

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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