The Museum Establishment and Contemporary Art: The Politics of Artistic Display in France After 1968

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 9, 2006 - Art - 271 pages
Winner of the Laurence Wylie Prize for best book in the field of French Cultural Studies, 2006-2007.
The protests that shook France in 1968 served as a catalyst to a radical reconsideration of artistic practice that has shaped both art and museum exhibitions up to the present. Rebecca DeRoo examines how issues of historical and personal memory, the separation of public and private domains, and the ordinary objects of everyday life emerged as central concerns for museums and for artists, as both struggled to respond to the protests. She argues that the responses of the museums were only partially faithful to the aims of the reform movement. Museums, in fact, often misunderstood and misrepresented the work of artists exhibited as a means of addressing these concerns.
 

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Contents

Museums as Political Centers
1
Dismantling Art Institutions
19
Christian Boltanskis Personal Memorabilia
97
Annette Messagers Images of the Everyday
125
Institutionalizing
167
America and Europe PostPompidou
199
NOTES
217
BIBLIOGRAPHY
243
INDEX
255
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