Exhibiting Craft and Design: Transgressing the White Cube Paradigm, 1930–Present, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Exhibiting Craft and Design

Transgressing the White Cube Paradigm, 1930–Present, 1st Edition

Edited by Alla Myzelev


196 pages | 49 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editor

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / General
ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General
ART / Folk & Outsider Art
ART / History / General
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART / Museum Studies
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 21st Century