Thinking about Exhibitions

ISBN-10: 0415115906
ISBN-13: 9780415115902
Edition: 1996
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Description: Exhibitions have becomethemedium 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $51.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 5/13/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.20" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Exhibitions have becomethemedium 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 Exhibitionspresents 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.

Bruce W. Ferguson is a cultural theorist who works both in academic institutions and more broadly initiates cultural interventions. He is currently the Director of F.A.R. (Future Arts Research), Phoenix, Arizona.

List of Plates
Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Museum and the 'Ahistorical' Exhibition: the latest gimmick by the arbiters of taste, or an important cultural phenomenon?
Brokering Identities: art curators and the politics of cultural representation
Large Exhibitions: a sketch of a typology
For Example, Documenta, or, How is Art History Produced?
The Exhibitionary Complex
The Museum Flat
Naming Names: the art of memory and the NAMES Project AIDS Quilt
Les Immateriaux
Exhibition Rhetorics: material speech and utter sense
Creating Spaces
The Discourse of the Museum
The Great Curatorial Dim-Out
From Museum Curator to Exhibition Auteur: inventing a singular position
Constructing the Spectacle of Culture in Museums
The Show You Love to Hate: a psychology of the mega-exhibition
Free Fall - Freeze Frame: Africa, exhibitions, artists
The One-Picture Gallery
Dissenting Spaces
Function 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 here
The Gallery as a Gesture
Postmodernism's Museum without Walls
The Exhibited Redistributed: a case for reassessing space
A Visual Machine: art installation and its modern archetypes
The Institutionalization of Dissent
Modernism, Nationalism and Beyond: a critical history of exhibitions of First Nations art
In and Out of Place
What's Important About the History of Modern Art Exhibitions?
Select Bibliography
Index

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