Thinking about Exhibitions

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Reesa Greenberg, Bruce W. Ferguson, Sandy Nairne
Psychology Press, 1996 - Art - 487 pages
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"Presents a multidisciplinary anthology of writings on current exhibition practice by curators, critics, artists, sociologists and historians form North America, Europe and Australia. It marks out the emergence of new discourses surrounding the exhibition and illustrates the urgency of the debates centred in and fostered by exhibitions today. Texts have been grouped ... in sections which focus on the history of the exhibition, forms of staging and spectacle, and questions of curatorship, spectatorship and narrative. These writings ... investigate exhibitions in settings outside of the traditional gallery as well as innovative work in extending cultural debates within the museum ... fully ilustrated with over ninety black-and-white photographs and includes a bibliography on the subject of art exhibitions"--Page i.
 

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Contents

THE MUSEUM AND THE AHISTORICAL EXHIBITION the latest gimmick by the arbiters of taste or an important cultural phenomeono?
BROKERING IDENTITIES art curators and the politics of cultural representation
LARGE EXHIBITIONS a sketch of a typology
FOR EXAMPLE DOCUMENTSOR HOW IS ART HISTORY PRODUCED?
STAGING SPECTATORS
THE EXHIBITIONARY COMPLEX
THE MUSEUM FLAT
NAMING NAMES the art of memory and the NAMES Project AIDS Quilt
FREE FALL FREEZE FRAME Africa exhibitions artists
SPATIAL PLAY
THE ONEPICTURE 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 ...
THE GALLERY AS A GESTURE
POSTMODERNISMS MUSEUM WITHOUT WALLS
THE EXHIBITED REDISTRIBUTED a case for reassessing space

GRAMMATIC ACTS
LES IMMATERIAUX
EXHIBITION RHETORICS material speech and utter sense
CREATING SPACES
THE DISCOURSE OF THE MUSEUM
CURATORS OR CATERERS
THE GREAT CURATORIAL DIMOUT
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 megaexhibition
THE EXHIBITION CONDITION
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
WHATS IMPORTANT ABOUT THE HISTORY OF MODERN ART EXHIBITIONS?
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
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About the author (1996)

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.

Peggy Gale is an independent curator, critical writer, and editor who specializes in contemporary art. She is based in Toronto and was awarded the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2006. She is author of "Videotexts" (WLU Press, 1995).

Jeff Spalding is a curator, critical writer, and an artist. He is currently CEO and President of the Glenbow Museum and received the Order of Canada in 2008.

David Urban is an artist, an independent curator, and a critical writer.

Sandy Nairne is Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, and was formerly Director of Programmes at the Tate. Sarah Howgate is Contemporary Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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