1st Edition

Exhibiting Craft and Design Transgressing the White Cube Paradigm, 1930–Present

Edited By Alla Myzelev Copyright 2017
    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    212 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Exhibiting Craft and Design: Transgressing the White Cube Paradigm, 1930–present investigates the ways that craft and design objects were collected, displayed, and interpreted throughout the second half of the twentieth century and in recent years. The case studies discussed in this volume explain the notion the neutral display space had worked with, challenged, distorted, or assisted in conveying the ideas of the exhibitions in question. In various ways the essays included in this volume analyse and investigate strategies to facilitate interaction amongst craft and design objects, their audiences, exhibiting bodies, and the makers. Using both historical examples from the middle of the twentieth century and contemporary trends, the authors create a dialogue that investigates the different uses of and challenges to the White Cube paradigm of space organization.

    List of Figures
    Notes on Contributors

    1. Introduction: The Persistence of the White Cube Paradigm
    Alla Myzelev

    2. Textiles on Display
    Virginia Troy

    3. Crafting Koreanness: How Korean National Identity Became Interwoven with the Handmade Object in the 20th Century
    Christine Y. Hahn

    4. Within the Guilded Cage
    Simon Olding

    5. Curatorial Strategies that Remain True to the Craft Object
    Gloria Hickey

    6. Quiet Revolution: Contemporary Curatorial Approaches to Ceramics in the White Cube
    Laura Gray

    7. Jewellery Can be Worn Too
    Roberta Bernabei

    8. Store/Museum
    Sara Nasby and Jen Hutton

    9. ‘I Could Have Visited Ikea for Free’ Design Museums and a Complicated Relationship with Commerce
    Elise Hodson

    10. Outside the White Cube
    Lisa Vinebaum

    11. Afterword
    Alla Myzelev


    Alla Myzelev is Visiting Assistant Professor, SUNY Geneseo, USA.