Define & Refine: Shaping Your Collection With Alexis Hyde - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Define & Refine: Shaping Your Collection With Alexis Hyde

Tue, Jul 26, 2022
4 sessions
$215 per person
Up to 25 people
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$215 per person
$215 per person
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What We’ll Do

In this four-part seminar, dive into the process of collecting and learn to curate a personal collection of your own.

Course Description

Humans have been collecting treasures since the stone age. Whether inspired by personal interest or mere entertainment, collecting has always been a basic human instinct. Coins, art, stamps, dolls, seashells, toys, books, etc. You name it. We collect it.

Do you have a collection but are unsure how to organize and display it? Maybe you want to start collecting but don't know where to begin. What to keep, what to display, and what to omit are all decisions that impact the story told through your collection.

Join former curator and Director of the Museum of Broken Relationships in Los Angeles, Alexis Hyde, to learn the process of organizing, managing, and displaying your collection like a museum. Alexis will guide you through the methods of curation and how you can apply them to your existing and future collections. By the end of this course, you will have the skills to build and expand your collection by incorporating museum systems and philosophies. Students will also have the opportunity to share their collections with the class.

Please note that this course will cover similar topics to Alexis’s previous course Think Like a Museum.

Syllabus at a Glance

This course includes four total sessions, each lasting 1.5 hours on four consecutive Tuesdays beginning July 26.

Session 1 (Tuesday, 7/26, 7:30–9:00 PM ET): What is a collection?

Session 2 (Tuesday, 8/2, 7:30–9:00 PM ET): How can I start?

Session 3 (Tuesday, 8/9, 7:30–9:00 PM ET): How do I curate?

Session 4 (Tuesday, 8/16, 7:30–9:00 PM ET): Show and Tell

Between Sessions

Outside of class, students will be given readings and small assignments related to curating a collection of their own.

Pricing Options

In addition to full-price tickets, a limited number of no-pay spots are available for this course. Please note that these tickets are reserved for those who would not otherwise be able to take this course and who expect to attend all sessions. No-pay spots are distributed via a randomized drawing two weeks before each course begins. For more information and to apply for a no-pay spot, please click here. To learn more about our pricing model and randomized selection process for no-pay spots, please visit our FAQ page.

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Where We’ll Be

Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite that will provide access to each class meeting. Please save the confirmation email as you’ll use it to access all sessions of your course via Zoom.

About Your Instructor
Alexis Hyde
Alexis Hyde

Alexis Hyde sweats art, willingly, and it’s not always pretty. She is passionately driven to learn about, write about and spreading the appreciation of art. Hyde lives in LA and wages her very breath on discovering the best of the finer arts in her fair and far-flung city. She is currently working as an art advisor/dealer/consultant/podcast host/whathaveyou, but you may have seen her most recently as the Director of the Museum of Broken Relationships LA, Co-Curator of soft. core. la. or cohost of Hyde or Practise.

What Else You Should Know

This is an interactive, small-group seminar that meets over Zoom. Students may be encouraged to participate in discussions, work on assignments outside of class, and workshop projects with their instructor or classmates. Due to the interactive nature of this course, we strongly recommend students attend as many live sessions as possible. Within 72 hours after each session meets, students will receive access to a recording of the live session, which they can watch for up to two weeks after the course concludes. 

Instructors may use Google Classroom to communicate with students outside of class. While students aren’t required to use Google Classroom, instructors may use this platform to post resources, discussion questions, or assignments. This platform also offers a space for students to connect with one another about course material between sessions.

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Group Size

There are 25 spots available on this experience.

Dates and Availability
  • Tue, Jul 26, 2022
    7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
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