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Curatorial Challenges
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Contemporary Curating





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ISBN 9780367671679
December 17, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
246 Pages

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Book Description

Curatorial Challenges investigates the challenges faced by curators in contemporary society and explores which practices, ways of thinking, and types of knowledge production curating exhibitions could challenge. Bringing together international curators and researchers from the fields of art and cultural history, the book provides new research and perspectives on the curatorial process and aims to bridge the traditional gap between theoretical and academic museum studies and museum practices.





The book focuses on exhibitions as a primary site of cultural exchange and argues that, as highly visible showcases, producers of knowledge, and historically embedded events, exhibitions establish and organize meanings of art and cultural heritage. Temporary exhibitions continue to increase in cultural significance and yet the traditional role of the museum as a Bildung institution has changed. As exhibitions gain in significance, so too do curatorial strategies. Arguing that new research is needed to help understand these changes, the book presents original research that explores how curatorial strategies inform both art and cultural history museums in contemporary society. The book also investigates what sort of critical, transformative, and perhaps even conservative, potential can be traced in exhibition cultures.





Curatorial Challenges fosters innovative interdisciplinary exchange and brings new insights to the field of curatorial studies. As such, it should be of great interest to academics, researchers, and postgraduate students engaged in the study of curatorial practice, museum studies, the making of exhibitions, museum communication, and art history.

Table of Contents

List of Figures



List of contributors





Introduction: Thinking and Doing Exhibitions



Anne Folke Henningsen, Anne Gregersen, and Malene Vest Hansen





Part I. Curating within the Changing Role of Museums as Bildung Institutions





1. Curatorship as Bildungsroman: Or, From Hamlet to Hjelmslev



Donald Preziosi





2. Curating the Nude in Istanbul: Some Curatorial Challenges



Ahu Antmen





3. Curating the Dead Body between Medicine and Culture



Karin Tybjerg





4. Fashion Curation: Unpacking a New Discipline and Practice



Marie Riegels Melchior





5. Exhibition Addresses: The Production of Publics in Exhibitions on Colonial History



Mathias Danbolt



6. Multi-Sited Curating as a Critical Mode of Knowledge Production



Sabine Dahl Nielsen





Part II - Exhibitions and/as Research





7. Curating and Research: An Uneasy Alliance



Simon Sheikh





8. Exhibitions as Research, Curator as Distraction



Peter Bjerregaard





9. Curating a Mild Apocalypse. Researching Anthropocene Ecologies through Analytical Figures



Nathalia Brichet and Frida Hastrup





10. Curating experimental entanglements



Adam Bencard, Louise Whiteley and Caroline Heje Thon





11. The forgotten and the forgettable: the making of The World Goes Pop and Other Stories



Flavia Frigeri





12. Looters, Smugglers, and Collectors: Rethinking Models of Ownership Research and How to Mediate It through the Form of the Exhibition



Tone Hansen





Part III - Revisiting the Past and Challenging Canons





13. Multiple Modernisms: Curating the Postwar Era for the Present



Kristian Handberg





14. Contested Paradise: Exhibiting Images from the Former Danish West Indies



Mette Kia Krabbe Meyer





15. Against the Grain of Neutralization: Exhibiting the Documentary as a Curatorial Production of Subjective Knowledge



Susanne Neubauer





16. Innovative, Polemical, Dogmatic: The Case of Soviet Experimental Museum Displays in 1930–1933



Masha Chlenova





Concluding remarks



Anne Folke Henningsen, Anne Gregersen and Malene Vest Hansen





Index

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Editor(s)

Biography

Malene Vest Hansen is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Copenhagen.





Anne Folke Henningsen is Associate Professor of Ethnology at the University of Copenhagen.





Anne Gregersen is Curator at the J.F. Willumsens Museum and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Copenhagen.