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curate's egg

Something that is partly good and partly bad. Taken from a British cartoon about a curate, or priest, who was given a bad egg but focused on the egg's good characteristics as he did not want to offend the person who gave it to him. Primarily heard in UK. Our vacation was a bit of a curate's egg; the first few days were sunny, but the rest of the week was ruined by the heavy rain and flooding.
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a curate's egg

BRITISH
If you describe something as a curate's egg, you think that parts of it are good and parts of it are bad. His collection of duets with famous friends is something of a curate's egg. It's a real curate's egg of a production; intermittently brilliant in the first half, but a dreadful disappointment in the second. Note: A curate is a clergyman in the Church of England who helps the vicar or rector of a parish. A well-known Victorian cartoon published in the British magazine `Punch' shows a curate having breakfast with a senior clergyman. The curate has been given a bad egg but he is anxious not to offend anyone, so he says that it is `good in parts'.
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a curate's egg

something that is partly good and partly bad.
This expression stems from a Punch cartoon produced in 1895 , showing a meek curate breakfasting with his bishop. bishop: I'm afraid you've got a bad egg, Mr Jones . curate: Oh no, my Lord, I assure you! Parts of it are excellent!
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the/a ˌcurate’s ˈegg

(British English) something that has some good things and some bad things about it: ‘Is it an interesting book?’ ‘It’s a bit of a curate’s egg, good in parts. The dialogue’s often quite amusing.’This idiom comes from a story in the magazine Punch. A polite curate (= an assistant to a priest) is given a bad egg while eating in the house of a very senior priest. When asked if he likes the egg, he replies that ‘parts of it are excellent’.
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In the absence of administrators with strong voices and clear visions, curating risks being marginalized: another patch on a system that isn't working well to begin with.
Or an alternative degree might be followed by a masters in art history or curating. Of much more questionable value is an undergraduate degree in curating --a relatively new phenomenon.
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Leaders, though, are thinking bigger and adopting the CARE model: curating successful, integrated app marketplaces while also developing the supporting capabilities to drive behavior change.
By the 1990s, curating had emerged as a global profession and curators enjoyed art-star status on an international level.
Most fundamentally, the strand of contemporary curating supported by both O'Neill and Smith has a horror of fixity.
Amurgis, AEP'S director of internal communication, says that curating the stories "helps employees to better understand the external forces that affect internal decisions.
It's tough explaining just what exactly the Wrong Gallery is (Cattelan, Gioni, and Subotnick started it in a shallow doorway in New York), much less how it's curating the 4th Berlin Biennale, inexplicably titled "Of Mice and Men." Several months prior to the biennale's opening, the Wrong Gallery made its presence strongly felt with Gagosian Gallery, Berlin: In typically cheeky fashion, the miscreant curators appropriated the international behemoth's name and logotype for an impostor gallery of their own.
Neatly curating his own life full circle, he died of heart failure a few days later.
Just as the key aspect for Dean was the process of curating (rather than the finished result), for visitors it was also the process of viewing that counted, and they were free to navigate the show as they wanted without feeling obliged to trace Dean's own route.
Nope, not if you follow the "buzz," Of course all of that wouldn't be an insurmountable problem if there were any conceptual probity to Ferguson's curating. It doesn't take X-ray vision to discern that instead of actual thought, the curating amounts to a stroking of particular collectors, gallerists, and lackluster heads of MFA programs.
Their choices brought out hitherto unseeable mutual connections--in fact, the two artists ended up collaborating on their curated rooms--and showed just how dopey much curating's slavishness to "proper" art history is.
Increasingly Matmos have come to refer to their musical process as a form of "curating," but one that is entirely related to use: The initial choice and arrangement of objects to be sounded determine every practical decision that follows.
An alternate title in this context might have been Game of Curating. Rather than operate as a critique of the artwork-as-illustration model of curating, Hoffmann's meta-exhibition only reinforced it.
But the fax had nothing to do with curating or with Leigh's widely publicized disappearance.