About the collection

This collection includes programs and exhibitions that critically investigate the role of the exhibition, the museum, and the archive in constructing narratives and establishing history. It includes two conferences on exhibition-making: “Exhibit A: Authorship on Display” (April 2014), a day-long program exploring artistic and curatorial authorship in exhibitions; and “Art, Institutions, and Internationalism: 1933–1966,” (March 2017), a two-day conference in collaboration with MoMA’s Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) program on the role of art institutions in nation-building in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East during the mid-twentieth century. Other programs included "What Makes a Museum?" a discussion on the museum's origins during the French Revolution (Spring 2014) and "Fabulated Archives," a panel discussion on use of real and fictional archives in the work of contemporary artists (Fall 2015).

The collection also includes "Christian Palestinian Archive: A Project by Dor Guez," (Spring 2016) a gallery presentation that tells the story of the artist's grandmother, Samira Monayer, through a series of videos and digitally manipulated archival materials the artist calls “scanograms.”

These programs were organized by Chelsea Haines, doctoral candidate in Art History and Presidential Research Fellow at The Center for the Humanities (2013-2017).