Thinking about Exhibitions

Thinking about Exhibitions

by Bruce W. Ferguson, Reesa Greenberg, Sandy Nairne
     
 

Exhibitions have become the medium through which most art becomes known and assessed. But the art exhibition is an increasingly critical and unstable category. Constantly reshaped by artists and curators, the exhibition has become both a prominent and

diverse part of contemporary culture. Thinking About Exhibitions presents a

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Overview

Exhibitions have become the medium through which most art becomes known and assessed. But the art exhibition is an increasingly critical and unstable category. Constantly reshaped by artists and curators, the exhibition has become both a prominent and

diverse part of contemporary culture. Thinking About Exhibitions presents a multi-disciplinary anthology of writings on exhibition practice by curators, critics, artists, sociologists and historians from North America, Europe and Australia. Texts in the collection are

grouped in sections which focus on the history of the exhibition, forms of staging and spectacle, and questions of curatorship, spectatorship and narrative. As well as critical essays, the anthology includes exhibition proposals, dialogues, position papers, case studies, polemic

articles and interviews.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415115896
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Plates
Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1The Museum and the 'Ahistorical' Exhibition: the latest gimmick by the arbiters of taste, or an important cultural phenomenon?7
2Brokering Identities: art curators and the politics of cultural representation21
3Large Exhibitions: a sketch of a typology39
4For Example, Documenta, or, How is Art History Produced?67
5The Exhibitionary Complex81
6The Museum Flat113
7Naming Names: the art of memory and the NAMES Project AIDS Quilt133
8Les Immateriaux159
9Exhibition Rhetorics: material speech and utter sense175
10Creating Spaces191
11The Discourse of the Museum201
12The Great Curatorial Dim-Out221
13From Museum Curator to Exhibition Auteur: inventing a singular position231
14Constructing the Spectacle of Culture in Museums251
15The Show You Love to Hate: a psychology of the mega-exhibition269
16Free Fall - Freeze Frame: Africa, exhibitions, artists275
17The One-Picture Gallery297
18Dissenting Spaces307
19Function of Architecture: notes on work in connection with the places where it is installed taken between 1967 and 1975, some of which are specially summarized here313
20The Gallery as a Gesture320
21Postmodernism's Museum without Walls341
22The Exhibited Redistributed: a case for reassessing space349
23A Visual Machine: art installation and its modern archetypes371
24The Institutionalization of Dissent387
25Modernism, Nationalism and Beyond: a critical history of exhibitions of First Nations art411
26In and Out of Place437
27What's Important About the History of Modern Art Exhibitions?451
Select Bibliography465
Index475

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