Amongst recent contemporary art and museological publications, there have been relatively few which direct attention to the distinct contributions that twentieth and twenty-first century artists have made to gallery and museum interpretation practices. There are fewer still that recognise the pedagogic potential of interventionist artworks in galleries and museums. This book fills that gap and demonstrates how artists have been making curious but, none-the-less, useful contributions to museum education and curation for some time. Claire Robins investigates in depth the phenomenon of artists' interventions in museums and examines their pedagogic implications. She also brings to light and seeks to resolve many of the contradictions surrounding artists' interventions, where on the one hand contemporary artists have been accused of alienating audiences and, on the other, appear to have played a significant role in orchestrating positive developments to the way that learning is defined and configured in museums. She examines the disruptive and parodic strategies that artists have employed, and argues for that they can be understood as part of a move to re-establish the museum as a discursive forum. This valuable book will be essential reading for students and scholars of museum studies, as well as art and cultural studies.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Claire Robins is a senior lecturer in Art, Design and Museology at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London,UK.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Part I Artists, Museums and Education in Historical Context: Shifting priorities for learning in the museum; Historical tracings of artists' interventions in the early 20th century; Historical tracings of artists' interventions in the mid-20th century. Part II Parody and Irony in the Museum: Humour, irony and parody in artists' interventions; Jokers, tricksters and the parafictional; An Elite Experience for Everyone: a case study intervention at the William Morris Gallery, London. Part III Contemporary Museums and the Role of Artists' Interventions: The role of artists' interventions in opening up micro, counter and affective narratives in museum interpretation; Artists' interventions and the reflexive museum: addressing difference; The affable interventionists; Bibliography; Index.