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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They are pulled from the domain clintonemail.com between 2009 and 2013, per WikiLeaks, according to an online description from the curators. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "'Alert The House GOP.' After an Artist Printed 62,000 Pages of Hillary Clinton's Emails, She Showed Up at His Exhibition and Read Through Them," 12 Sep. 2019 For years, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups appeared on the plaza, stumping Ms. Ramirez, the chief curator who had come to learn many of the families’ histories. Corina Knoll, New York Times, "What Happens to Those Heartbreaking Tributes at the 9/11 Memorial," 9 Sep. 2019 Her personal niche as a curator is to highlight small, often unrecognized facets of an artist’s output. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Denver Post, "After a national search, MCA Denver hires from within to fill executive director role," 20 Aug. 2019 The curator of the Port Deposit Heritage Museum in the Paw Building is offering to digitize old photos in order to save them. Joanne Bierly, baltimoresun.com, "Port Deposit: Heritage Museum curator offering to digitize old photos," 16 Aug. 2019 This exhibition was years in the making and the product of intense interaction between the artist and Peter Doroshenko, the curator and executive director of the Dallas Contemporary. John Zotos, Dallas News, "Dallas exhibition of art star Francesco Clemente was years in the making — and worth the wait," 1 Aug. 2019 Our team of seven or eight is headed up by Marc DeWerth, co-organizer of the expedition and the curator of Ohio for the BFRO. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "I Found Bigfoot...Maybe," 17 July 2019 The second part of the project, a book that will document the artworks featured as well as dialogues between the curator and the artists will be published next year. Vivienne Chow, Quartzy, "An art show in Switzerland became an accidental lens into Hong Kong’s protests," 4 July 2019 The curator’s preamble and annotations are missing. Ali Kazimi, Quartz India, "A Canadian artist is keeping the embers of Sikh separatism alive with false equivalences," 27 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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