Museum and gallery curating seems just to have become sexy (again). That's partly thanks to the appearance of Hans-Ulrich Obrist's book, Ways of Curating (a riff on John Berger's Ways of Seeing, I assume). Obrist is co-director of the Serpentine Galleries and is interviewed here on curating history and ideology.
Quite why people like Obrist have to resort to Latin etymologies, heaven only knows. ("It comes from the Latin word curare, meaning to take care. In Roman times, it meant to take care of the bath houses" he says in the interview. What on earth does it have to do with "bath houses"??). But -- that apart -- I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the book, which (from what I'm told -- not seen it yet) explores all kinds of aspects of the art of gallery curation, and the different experimental forms it can take.
But it's just not Obrist. Curation seems to be the flavour of the month in Cambridge Museums too, with an on-going project on the "art and science of curation" -- including contributions from museum professionals and visitors too.