Thinking about Exhibitions by Reesa Greenberg
Thinking about Exhibitions
Ideas around issues of representation are at the center of what characterizes the relations between postmodern theory and art. In particular, the politics of representivity, meaning who is represented, how and in what ways, is paramount to these accounts. It is surprising then that exhibitions of art per se receive so little attention from theorists. Exhibitions are publicly sanctioned representations of identity, principally, but not exclusively, of the institutions which present them. They are narratives which use art objects as elements in institutionalized stories that are promoted to an audience. Exhibitions act as the visible encounter with a public which receives and acknowledges their import and projected status as important signs of important signs. Search all titles.
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This article, touching on the sociology of art and the sociology of professions, is concerned with the conditions and modes involved in the transformation of the role of the curator-in France, in the first instance. While various morphological factors contribute to the crisis in the profession, expansion, increased authority and a change in the nature of exhibitions combine to offer curators, or at the very least several among them, the possibility of attaining the status of auteur. The hypothesis of an evolving schema, which introduces particularly the idea of deprofessionalization as a form of transition, is then reinforced by evoking a development comparable to the one we have observed in the cinema. Finally, the analysis of an important exhibition will permit us to illustrate the pertinence of the schema and to propose several possible evolutionary scenarios. Search all titles.
Sous la dir. Berlin : Sternberg Press, , p. First of all, the great majority of these books have been published since , a remarkable influx in such a short period of time. Second, they contain almost entirely the same content. Only a few years ago curators were lamenting the lack of timely or pertinent literature on their field. Curatorial students and working curators alike could only turn to a few publications.