The Curatorial Systems Observatory is a research platform located in the George Mason University School of Art for an open network of participants to examine the forces governing curatorial practices on a global scale. The project defines curation and visual display as an active, generative force with social, political, and cultural impacts. The Observatory seeks to identify how and why curatorial decisions are made within exhibiting institutions to provide an understanding of how art is presented and uncover the effect this has on public perception. The goal of the Observatory is to identify and engage with marginalized art practices and support forms of public display that respond to community desires rather than an institutional policy.